Monday, June 19, 2017

Grand Iftar for the Ummah

ASA with two NGOs and IIUM Mosque worked on this for over a month. An iftar with Syrian and Rohingyan refugees.Inilah hasilnya, alhamdulillah.











Kids at our table


With Hamzah (Syrian) and Suhayl (Rohingyan)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

30th anniversary

We celebrated it two days early since ada public holiday and we wanted to do our raya shopping sekali so when Z offered to give us a staycation (tidur free kat hotel in KL), I proposed buat semalam. Checked in 3 pm so we only started shopping around 3 pm. No baju raya baru for me sbb every year pakai sekali dua then wardrobe penuh. I'm going to recycle je yang lepas-lepas tu.

But we looked hard for my shoes.From French shoes to Danish shoes. I ni sesuai kasut buatan western europe je - german especially. Sbb kaki dia orang lebar di atas sedangkan kasut msia ni byk meruncing di depan. Nasib found one that I liked after satu mall tu pusing. I need to get a matching handbag. ;)

Berbuka was Thai food.Penuh! Unsangkarable.Ramainya org berbuka kat luar.Restaurant Arab tu langsung very padat.We had Maqlubah on Saturday with the clan so no more Arab meal for us. Sunday was with the Rawa clan..sambal tempoyak.Very nice.Met Mat and Nisbar for the first time.Dato' Mazlan could not make it (he almost went on Saturday..dah start engine dah kata Mat.Haha). Told them raya esok my place pulak.

This morning, Z and I masing2 ambik Uber and Grab car pi kerja. Nik drove awal lagi taking all my clothes.Nasib I dah keluarkan my baju kurung siap2.Yang lain semua dlm bag dia bawak balik.Had to pinjam bra Z.Nasib padan.Haha.

Tarikh sebenarnya besok.Alhamdulillah for all the years together and more, InshaAllah.








Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Al fatihah Rehman Rashid

Ruzy and I paid tribute to aruah Rehman Rashid in our own way upon hearing him passing on - heart attack in Jan and never woke up from his coma.

We once met at my Dept's event. Dia suka berdebat and I said something which he picked up and ajak berdebat lagi. But definitely a charmer and kind-hearted.

It's nice to know that he's among those lucky ones to die in Ramadan.Hanya orang yang terpilih die in Ramadan. I wonder apa amalan dia. Sebelum ni orang dok cakap dia macam-macam. Then some people who knew him well said dia ni suka tolong orang, suka kasi makan orang miskin and he had been supporting the maahad tahfiz in Kuala Kubu Bharu where he lived and where he wrote his last two books. Sungguh menginsafkan. Di dalam kematiannya, dia masih mendidik kita.

Dr Farizah and I went to Kino to purchase his two books sebelum all sold out. :)
Semoga rohnya ditempatkan di syurga firdaus.Al fatihah.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/384488

https//www.nst.com.my/opinion/columnists/2017/06/245459/wheel-keeps-turning-mostly-it-stays-true






Thursday, June 01, 2017

Ramadan Kareem

I have been kept busy sampai tak tau nak start kat mana but alhamdulillah bertemu dan bertamu lagi kita dengan Ramadan tahun ini. Just days before it, ramai yang telah dipanggil menghadap Allah.Mutik passed away minutes before Maghrib on 1st ramadan. How mulia.And her step sister died just a few days before that. I have not visited Kak Yah (her siblings). I heard she was pretty down. She's close to both sisters.

Nik is away on umrah. Sebelum Ramadan dia dah cabut dengan riang ria. I had to stay back dgn pelbagai alasan.Sebenarnya I am not comfortable with the Ramadan crowd. Nanti tak selesa nak solat dan mengadu segala kepada Allah. At home, Z and I bergilir-gilir jadi imam. Kali ni I am determined to perfect my puasa tapi dah 2 hari banyak cabarannya (dok berkelahi dgn orang..orang kacau I..kena le selepuk dua.Dr Shukran saw me talking in high drama with another colleague.He then WA tanya if I were OK.Haha. Orang tu mula dulu.Dia menjual, saya membeli. :D ) As I told my other group, I have zero tolerance dgn orang tak ikut peraturan yang akan hanya menyusahkan orang lain.

But ku pohon kesabaran dari Allah. Kita ini hanya insan yang kerdil.

Our PYP activities pun keeping all of us busy siang dan malam.I have arranged with PU Mizi that the younger guys tolong train budak2 kecil tu semua so they can join us in August. ASA is coming up with our own project. Harap2 menjadi.Semua berangan nak pi Maldives.The group really feels like one big family.What I love about it is that it is multidisciplinary.And if you look and listen closely, these people are meant to be at IIUM.

I have discovered this: if you sahur with oats, you will not feel hungry.Perut takkan berbunyi walaupun sedikit. Pagi tadi I was too sleepy to buat or makan oat.By 3 pm my gastric main macam2 lagu.But my RA and I managed to submit 2 papers and working on a 3rd (by tomorrow dah 3 papers submitted.Accept or not belakang kira).

So yes, welcome Ramadan.I am always productive during this month, alhamdulillah.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Nak takut apa, basikal ada

Nik and I drove to Bukit Kuin 2 balik hari to meet an old imam.So mcm biasa I pun tanya kisah-kisah lamanya.He said in the 60s, he used to cycle from Kuantan to KT where his parents were or go to Kelantan and back.To Tganu naik basikal 9 hours.Masa tu hutan tebal lagi.His father would tell him, jgn takut, awak ada basikal (gamaknya kalau nampak hantu or kejar dek rimau, kayuhlah laju-laju.)

I find his stories fascinating.He said antara laluan dia was what is now Pelabuhan Kuantan.Zaman tu, banyak sangat burung-burung merak. I was like..er..bukan merak dari India ke? Yang kita nampak sekarang cuma yang dalam zoo tu aje.Oh so sad..habis alam sekitar kita rosakkan sekali dengan makhluk yang tinggal di dalamnya.

Today pagi lagi I dah ke UIA to interview En Zul yang tahu banyak pasal sejarah Rao di Kalumpang.He said they came from jalur Rawa di Raub.One of them yang tidak mahu tersepit di antara dua perang saudara bawa diri ke Tanjung Malim and buka penempatan di situ.Then baru Kalumpang.Dulu Kalumpanglah yang paling meriah, paling bergaya sehingga tak berani orang meminang anak dara Kalumpang cos' they were rich (bijih timah wealth).Tun Hasmah Ali berasal from jalur Tanjung Malim/Kalumpang.En. Zul punya family story boleh buat filem kata anaknya Amin. Every time I meet a new link...rasa keluarga tu timbul.En Zul tanya awak ada darah Rawa.I said takut kena penampar.Sebab he said Rawa ni tak boleh mengaku2... Ada tulahnya.Cara nak kenal macam ni, if two people ngaku dia Rawa, yang sorang yang tak percaya will say let me slap you..kalau betul kau Rawa, ada tandanya (tandanya secara spontan yg kena tampar tu akan menampar balik yg menampar.Haha). Pernah one guy ditampar, the other guy tak tertampar yg menampar dan dgn sendiri mengaku dia Mandailing.Weii...ni technique baru.En Zul said tu sebab di kalangan komuniti Rawa they will say to each other bukan kirim salam to anu or anu but "kirim penumbuk ya ke so and so".

I think these stories are fascinating.Kita suka dengar.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

From Le Meridien to Hilton

Dr A, Dr F and I were hopping from one coffee lounge to another hari ni. We had a meeting with Ganesh. A fruitful one I thought. Otak masing2 ligat. Haha.

After G left we went to Cynna to have our dim sums and Chinese lunch. Kejap lagi kena mengadap Boss to update him the latest development. Clearly this is not my world (makan dim sum is). I'm glad I have the option of not totally driving the whole thing.

A family joke about Pak Long. This is the time I feel that I need to whisper to Pak Long and influence him to affect change! 

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Gopeng trip

Fatin and I left almost noon juga that Friday (after collecting my dendeng at the uni). We arrived in Gopeng just before Friday prayer.Haji Harith said kedai makan next to the mosque sedap so we ate there.Memang sedap - like my late mom's cooking.But we discovered later he meant Restoran Simpang Ompeik ke hapa but too late..it was close the day we left on Monday.

Dimal Chalet at Dataran Sungai Kampar was not exactly kampong but Haji Hadi is a creative man. He dismantled a few rumah and surau kampong from somewhere ranging from 50 to 100 years old.Dah la Fatin and I tidur ketakutan malam tu cos' the chalets were deserted.Haji Hadi rumah dia kat depan but sekeliling kami (chalets yang boleh muat 150 people) kosong. Surau yang berusia 100 tahun tu my WA group friends kata eerie. Ruzy mula buka cerita hantu kawan dia nampak rambut kerinting di tepi katil when she slept alone in a hotel.Pagi besoknya the hantu was still there. I pun sekilas pandang bawah surau tu macam lelaki tua.But then again..mungkin kain buruk tersidai atas motosikal.Promised my WA friends to check pagi besoknya. Mereka pulak ketakutan. Haha.

I loved the place.Sungai depan laman. Jernih dan sejuk dari Cameron Highlands. Sabtu tu while waiting for Haji Harith balik from his reunion Bola Msia, we got a local boy aged 15 nama Rostam.Dia cakap ada tempat lagi cantik boleh mandi.I asked kereta boleh lalu.He said can. Apa lagi..hampir berkecai kereta Honda City I masuk lobang dan lumpur. Hissh budak 15 tahun ni.But he said semalam elok jalan ni. Hujan mmg lebat pun malam we all sampai tu.

But we found his secret place.Titian Jepun namanya. Ada bekas Japanese Bridge built during WW2. Sejuk gila airnya but I pun macam duyung berendam.Nak berenang ..rapids dia boleh tahan.Sat tu my 2nd sister called kata dah sampai. I minta Rostam bawak I on his motorbike pi kasi kunci chalet to my sister.Phuiii..kerja gila ni.But rasa 15 years old le.Haha.

Petang tu Haji Harith arrived with Haji Dahlan and En Sabry. Nice people.They told us sejarah Rao Perak esp in Gopeng and showed us a video clip of budaya Rao..cara buat kelamai and Haji Dahlan showed us upacara menjojak tanah for all newborns (we all di Pahang dah tak buat sebab budaya tu dah luntur.We have lost the tongue as well except now I know my grandma's pronounciation of air as ai-yer..tu betul perkataan Rawa for air.Here everyone says ayer for air.Wough..I used to feel embarassed when my Wan dok minta AYER kuat2 depan orang.Rupanya it was her Rao tongue)

Malam tu the family (all 36 of them except mine tak datang sebab Z was busy with her Asia Pac conference, dad was recuperating from Redang trip) arrived and we had dinner and barbecue together. Makanan melambak2 cos I dah cakap tak payah cater mlm tu but they wanted juga sbb takut tak cukup when we pot luck gitu.Pakcik Sabry came and we invited him and Haji Hadi to join us. Then we all hantar dia balik ke Kg Sg Itek (Iskandar bawak motor dia and Pakcik Sabry naik with Ummi and Sob). Memang jauh dan gelap betul his place.Lucky we sent him (sampai 3 kereta convoy sebab takda benda nak buat and I was curious to see the famous Kg Sungai Itek, community Rawa ramai di kampong ini.Second developed after Kg Rawa yang asalnya bandar Gopeng tu sebenarnya.Org Rawa yang buka bandar Gopeng but lost to a bet antara towkay and pembesar waktu itu)

Sunday tu everyone pi mandi kat air terjun (tempat lain). We all naik lori ramai2 except Long and Kak De..naik kereta. Air sejuk gila juga. Balik tu semua balik except Kak Ngah and Sal cos' they wanted to see how kelamai dibuat. Haji Harith showed us around, senibina rumah and surau Rao, lombong bijih tempat mereka bekerja, makanan orang Rao...mlm tu tinggal Fatin and I aje but sebelah chalet tu ada orang.tak le takut sangat.

Monday morn..Normah came to tell me her Rao stories (some I would adapt in my novel) and she took me to meet Pak Sudin kat Kg Gunung Mesah Hilir - antara orang tertua di kg tu. Masa nak balik tu he mentioned Lunggah. That caught my attention. Tu nama bapa to my moyang Topin Aishah. Asked Normah to dig deeper for me.If he's the same person then Normah and I bersaudara! Lunggah was her tok saudara by marriage (her grandma's ipar). Wough..patut le hati I bagai dijentik2 nak datang ke Gopeng walhal my area of research tu Rawa Pahang je. You see? Ruyung memang nak pecah! It's like a calling.

Then Misbar texted me tunjuk gambar kawan dia Rawa Pahang. I tak kenal but the nama bapa sounded familiar.Misbar asked if he could give my tel to his friend Mat. Line tak clear so when back in KL, I returned Mat's call. Tanya punya tanya..I asked him if his mother was so and so.He said yes.Ohhh, I said. She was my mom's best friend.He asked who's your mom.I told him. He said ohhh..bukan best friend..more than that. They were cousins. I tergelak besar. I hope he didn't hear it. My mom would always singgah rumah mak dia whenever we all balik kg (his parents balik kg after they retired). I never knew.Yang I tau my mom cakap dia, Mak andak and makcik Bidah ni memang grew up together and rapat.They were all cousins. I rasa sungguh menyesal tidak ambik tau.I was 15-16 masa tu.Younger than that mmg tak angkat pot pun.I see this happening to the younger ones in the family.Masa Haji Harith bagi penerangan..semua berkeliaran ..masak mee maggi le..main kejar2 le.Panggil depa kata ohh..we will not have this time again to bond with our cousins sbb jarang jumpa. Kesian pulak dengar.Memang sejak my mom meninggal jarang dah kita berkumpul mcm ni.

Anyway, I love Gopeng. It's a new world and yet felt familiar.

cousins at Sungai Kampar, Kg Jahang, Gopeng
damai


Surau yang berusia 100 tahun

gambar taken as I lay down on a rock, looking up


Sungai depan laman. I really like.

Rumah berusia 70 tahun

Normah and I







Senibina rumah Rao

Rumah Maindailing - sekutu kuat Rao

Naik lori ke waterfall
Hanya buluh aur utk buat kelamai (oper diperam 3 jam, dibakar 6 jam)

Surau Rao yang pertama di Gopeng

Pak Sudin - rupa macam my cousin Abang Akob