Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Two sides of a story

We heard many versions of the raos, history, culture and Islamic movement which later became a war..Gerakan Paderi then Perang Paderi.Basically para ulema melawan Belanda but said to be a war between Islamic reformists (kaum padri..nothing to do with paderi priest) and yg sokong adat.

More later.

Sumatran trip

I got home two days ago. Arrived home pretty exhausted from Padang.It was a hectic 8-day trip starting with Rao-Bukit Tinggi-Padang and home.

Mula-mula sampai Rao, excited sebab suasana kampong dan suasana Islam. Surau banyak and pagi2 when the azan went akan ada orang ngaji, orang bertazkirah, budak2 ngaji pakai microphone.Lagu memang lagu melancholic.Teringat my Sumatran guru ngaji aruah Pak Aji Asmawi. Dia ada cakap pasal sawah, pasal budak2 mengaji merendai-rendai. I experienced those.Nice feeling.

Dr Afi gave me his bro in law to take care of us 4. Door to door service from airport to 7 hours ride ikut jalan mcm pi Cameron Highlands to Rao (biasa 4.5 to 5 hours kalau bawak laju but Reza was careful). Fatin muntah2 macam nak terkeluar isi perut. I ok je sebab mcm jalan Raub lama. Macam balik kampong le. :)

Afi put us at this Wisma Rao and each of us got a room.No aircon here.Kipas pun tak seberapa laju. But nasib toilet dlm bilik. Air sejuk (frm bukit katanya). We met local people..Datuak Amran who showed us around and found what he suspected my waris..lineage Maharaja Datuak Morah so I met his anak2. The position now belongs to someone else.I told them I had returned to claim my rights.Haha.

So I saw kampong moyet I..Tanjung Durian bersebelahan dgn Tanjung Alai. Frozen in time.I loved Tanjung Durian. Bersih dan permai. Ada budak panjat pokok jambu air to give us some.So sweet.

Then Reza took us around the next few days (Haji Ijal did the second day and kita jalan with Datuak Amran.Visited his school.Kena kerumun dgn budak2 darjah satu.So sweet). Pastu kita pi tengok sisa2 Srivijaya.Besoknya Reza bawak naik puncak bukit to show where istana or candi Srivijaya.I makan kat warong atas bukit tu.Lauk Minang.Fresh gila.Dan sedap giler.Dengan bayu bertiup lembut.Open space.Boleh tidur kat pangkin bertikar dia tu.Fuiyoo.

More later.Byk sangat ceritanya.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Friendship eid

We have a special name for ourselves. Over the years, we had worked on many community and environment projects together.The group is multidisciplinary and of all age groups.So I thought this raya I celebrate this friendship.A couple of my Rao friends who had helped me with my research were invited too.And the Kloos family who would be going home next month.

We had readings.Jamal Raslan was invited and was forced to perform his spoken words. :)) We had fun listening.But the ASA crowd got excited over Prof Fauzan's piece on huris and life of an academic at iium.That got viralled as well and he rose to fame. :D Dr. Afi read his "Gadis Bertudung Labuh" which addressed discrimination against hijabi women in Indonesia as late as 2009. I had always thought pakai tudung ni started in Indonesia.It started with Anwar Ibrahim bringing back the Islamic Reform in the country in the early 70s.Wow...so forward thinking dia! In 2009, Indonesian authorities said do not bring the Msian disease (Islamisasi dlm bentuk bertudung etc) to Indonesian shore.Double wow.

Maher said nak dtg to recite poems on Yemen before and after the war broke but he didn't turn up.Maybe he got home late frm Penang.Some got stuck in the open houses jam.

Some pics.

comel
ASA



Teaching us Japanese nursery rhymes

with the little Kloos


Rakan pi swimming


pemuisi Rao

Anak Minang

some daddy tertinggal ini

ABC

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Eidul Fitri 2017


Fresh lilies harga durian runtuh

fresh tulips from Holland

malam raya waiting for orang surau
the joy of my raya - orang bertakbir mlm raya

as we age every raya

 Raub

Raub

where kami dikacau hantu gearbox
(the car shook like plane in turbulence and would not
move)
part of Raub from a hilltop


Z with cousins and second cousins on my side
Nik's best friend and his family
Childhood friends and our consultant - to save old buildings
in Raub

Mood raya tak moncol till Z took me to the florist to buy cheap flowers for raya so we got fresh lilies, tulips, hydrangeas, roses, pas tu bunga mcm nenas...wahh..mood raya naik sampai 200%. Terlebih lajak.

Pagi raya, Nik's siblings and families kumpul at our place.We are now the elderlies.Potluck..satay goreng, nasi tomato, nasi impit, lemang..meriahlah juga although we hv lost so many loved ones.Lepas brunch we left for Raub.Hotel Jelai.No where to go.My oldest sister pi beraya at her in laws near Jerantut.Pi my 3rd sister..she tengah tidur sbb penat ramai org in the morning.Sedihnya but my bro in law ada so then my sis woke up and hidang her famous nasi dagang.The rest belum sampai..Sal in Tapah..Ummi in Subang Jaya with her in laws..Eishah with her in laws, Kak Ngah in Dong with her son..So sadlah. Raya dah tak mcm raya if your mom ain't around.

Raya ke dua, suddenly semua ada.Terlajak kuorum.Haha.They said it's the best raya so far.I didn't feel it.I missed mak and Mek.Mek's gone belum setahun.Time mcm ni Mek would crack up so many funny stories dgn wajah selambanya.We went to visit the kubur.Belum buat lagi pusaranya.Maybe by Dec it would be right to pasang the nesan etc.We went looking for saudara mara.Yg tua2 dah meninggal semuanya.So we went looking for cousins and second cousins.Rumah pun dah lupa.But we went visiting Kak Bainun.Then Busu.We shared same grandparents.Gosh...the memories came back..of their mom my aunty..of my mom their aunty.I'm glad to know Busu's children are doing well.Dia polis.But nxt year dah pencen and would be going back to his wife's kampong near Jerantut (Kg Damak).Suddenly every blood tie is important to me.

Raya ke 3 I pulak keluar beraya with my childhood friends in Gali and Dong.Lizan's and Mastura's.Nice time catching up.Liz is with Petronas  and Mas makes herself a huge home not far from Lata Jarum.We plan to meet up again next raya..potlucking by the river.Haha.

Mek's twins and her two cucus (Fateh has a sister now) came back on Raya 4. The little one is so cute.Hilang rindu dapat jumpa Fateh.Mek loved him so much.

Because there was not much to do, we went up two hills to view Raub from the hilltop.Found out two hills had been bought over and developers bermaharajalela cutting hills and trees to build overpriced homes for Sporean Chinese/ mainland Chinese..kata orang le.Harga mcm kat KL..Rm800k - RM1 million.

You think we are keeping quiet about this?