Saturday, December 29, 2007

Jejak al-Misr 4: : Food.

Baked fish fillet
tokasid Nokia
( on board cruise ship)

Before I continue about Luxor, am gonna sidestep a bit today. But,not to worry.Its still about Egypt but not about the sightseeing part.Not about the tombs or ancient temples or about the Pharoah's loo.

Its about food. The kind of food that we had while in Egypt. I can't remember when or where I've eaten so much and so frequent except in Egypt. Every few hours interval there's meal for us.
By the time we came back, I can feel my waist getting bigger and my face became, as my friend said: Kembang!

Egyptian food: some,like me and Hafiz we love it so much that we didn't complaint. Some became fed-up after a few days and it goes like this: " Ayoo...every meal we have bread,bread and bread!".
Or like my mem: " I don't want to see anymore chickpea.Ever!"(and I would say to her: Chickpea soup la paling sedap sayang!")

Pitta and bread
tokasid Nokia

We had rice over there. But the main staple is bread. Any kind of bread as long as they are bread.And pitta bread.
When it comes to rice, its a bit sticky like the beras siam.

Then they served you with lots of vege in the form of salads. There's cucumber( so sedap and no bitterness like some of our cucumbers). Any red juicy tomatoes that you would want to stop picking up and chew it slowly to savour the sweetish sour taste. And they have smoked brinjal which is acceptable to me(otherwise I'll only take brinjal pajeri).

They steamed carrots and potatoes and broccolis.
And the chickpea soups. So ever delicious that I'm drooling while writing this.

Dessert in the desert


On several occasions we had meatrolls that they barbecued . And somewhere in Giza we had barbequed pigeons! Thats really the best menu for me. The pigeon was tender and juicy.It was sweet.

The desserts were mostly sweet , so I rarely touch them except for the ice-cream cake and the fruits.

Fishes were smoked( on the ship and in Alexandria).

I know some of you are drooling at the moment. You would want a piece of tissue paper or your bath towel to wipe off your saliva.

Overall, the food on board the cruise ship was fantastic. It was tasty and the service was fast.The waiters were very helpful and friendly.

One negative remark though: We were told when we first arrived,by Muhammad, that for every meal we will be given 1 bottle of mineral water for 4 pax. 2 pax per small bottle. if you need more drinking water, then you'll have to pay extra. And the big bottle will coast you 4 EP.

Enjoy the food okay! Hmmm....I mean the photos of the food.

Kerp, your request dah fulfilled kan?

Papa,mama and 3 children
tokasid Nokia

Jelly cream...sooo sweet
tokasid Nokia

Steamed vege
tokasid Nokia

...and a squeeze of lemon here!
tokasid Nokia
(on board cruise ship)

Help yourself
tokasid Nokia
(on board Nile cruise)

Healthy salads
Hafiz N73
(Kabab restaurant Luxor)

Simply delicious
(on board Nile cruise)

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Jejak al-Misr 3: Valley of the Kings and Colossi of Memnon

King Tut( not King of kentut okay!) foto from internet

Luxor( al-Aqsa)
foto Hafiz Nokia N73

Luxor. Its actual name during the Ancient Egypt is Thebes(Greek word). When the Muslims came to Egypt, it was called al-Aqsar in Arabic. By native Egyptian lingo the al- is not pronounces as al- like we Malaysian do but with a silent alif(a), so its was pronounced as 'l-Aqsar. When the Europeans(Brits and French) colonised Egypt and started to explore the land al-Aqsar became Luxor,as per-European spelling.

Luxor is in Upper Egypt(southern) and one of the most famous open museum in the world,with its ancient monuments,temples,tombs and relics. If you have the time and patience just check it out here and here too.

Written in the stone
foto tokasid Nokia 3110c

As Muhamad had told us, our bus headed to the west bank of Nile in Luxor.From Luxor City(East bank of Nile) we went to Qena to take the bridge to get across the Nile to West bank. Our destinations is Valley of the Kings(VOK), the Alabaster factory and Colossi of Memnon.
The ride was a pleasant one. Plots of farming lands and villages dotted the west bank. We see farmers with their children working on these farms. Vegetables,sugar canes and bananas were everywhere.Everything is green from the river bank upto 500m- 1000m. Then its just desert and rocky hills beyond that. And there are long canals parallel to the Nile to irrigate the land.

After about 30 minutes we arrived at the Theban Hills with several villages at its foot. Villages which have alabaster(marble) as its cottage industry. As it is already in desert area it was dusty. You can see sand dust on the walls and roof of these houses.

After another 2km our bus took a road which took us towards the Theban Hills. Towards the Valley of the Kings ,the necropolis(City of the dead) here.

Valley of the Kings
foto tokasid BQ

VOK is a site where the tombs of Pharoah are. It is a huge burial site where the Pharoahs of the 18th Dynasty -20th Dynasty were buried( mummified) for their eternal life. Historically ,the first pharoah to be buried in VOK was Thutmose I. The VOK was choosen and built by Ineni, Thutmose I's advisor.

The VOK is different from the pyramids. During the Old Kingdom, most of the pharoah tombs are built as pyramids and mastaba. During the old kingdom the kings had their goverment in Lower Egypt(north) with Heliopolis and Memphis(Minf) as capital( thats Cairo now). Thats the reason we see pyramids are abundant in Lower Egypt.

With the New Kingdom the power centre shifted t upper Egypt(Thebes) after Upper and lower Egypt were unified. On the west bank of the Nile in Thebes, the Theban Hills had a peak which resembles the pyramid peak( al-Qurn or ta dehent in ancient Egypt lingo). Ineni opted for Theban Hills for that.And the site was secluded and far which will avoid grave robbers (the royals and rakyats were mainly on the east bank in those days and yes they do have grave robbers in those days too)). With that, VOK became the site of pharoahs final resting place. There are a total of 63 tombs in VOK and the most famous was that of King Tut Akhn Amun or as the world call him King Tut. ( Now do not think he was called that as in King of kenTut)

al-Qurn(ta dehent), the peak of Theben Hills
foto tokasid BQ

Now back to the trip, our bus climbed for about 1 km before we arrived at the VOK information centre. The sun was very bright and glaring but the the weather cold. We followed Muhammad into the VOK infocentre. He kept on yelling " PARLO! PARLO!"( Thats our tourgroup's name) ,asking us to gather around a model of the VOK.

VOK information centre
foto Hafiz Nokia N73

The VOK model is at the centre of the main hall. It depicits the VOK above and below ground. The above ground is shaped like the valley and with roads and colored pins were pinned to numbers corresponding the the kings' tombs. The lower part of the model shows the tombs, which way they were dug and how deep and long they are.

Model of VOK( VOK Info centre)
foto Hafiz Nokia N73

(model taken at split level. The lower part which appered jutting downwards depicits the tombs depth,lenght and direction into the Theban Hills)

There were lots of posters on the infocentre's walls with pics of the tombs in VOK .
Another PARLO!PARLO! from Muhammad we went out where buggy train were ready to take us to the entrance of VOK proper. 10 minutes and we were in front of the entrance(and ticket booth). Muhammad bought the tickets for us, at 70 Eygptian pounds each where you can enter the VOK and 3 tombs of your choice( if one wants to enter King Tut's tomb, one need to buy another ticket worth 80 EP)

Buggy ride into VOK
foto tokasid BQ

Ticket for VOK( enter 3 tombs)
foto tokasid BQ

With only 2 hours allocated for the VOK, and the fact that most of King Tut's treasures are in the Cairo Museum none of us bought the Tut's ticket.

A long walk into VOK with al-Qurn above
foto tokasid BQ

We walked into the VOK,lead by Muhammad.Angel will always be the last to make sure none of us are left behind or got lost in the tombs. In a big shed Muhammad explained to us about the history of VOK and who are the few famous pharoahs that are buried here. And he recommended to us the tombs (3) for us to go into and he highly recommended the tomb of Ramses IV for it is among the big tomb and the most beautiful with lots of carved murals and Herioglyphic writings. Another was Thutmose III where we would have to climb(stairs) for about 15m before descending underground for another 10m(2 level tomb) for about 50m in distance.Thutmose III's tomb is steep with the steps at 70 degree slant.It was very hot like a furnace.But it was worth all the trouble.No regrets going in there.

The third one which we(my family) took was that of Ramses III. It was the nearest to the shed and a small one,but with lots of colored carving murals and paintings. I did snapped a few photos with my Nokia( no kind of photography is allowed in the tombs or pyramids. If caught your camera will be confiscated and the authority can charge you).

At each tomb's entrance there will be a man maning the tomb and checking for your tickets(to make sure you do not enter more than 3 tombs of your choice). And maybe there will be another person inside who somethimes volunteer to become a guide and when you wanted to go out he'll ask for tips! And sometimes he will offer to snap your family photo using your camera at the entrance. You say thank you to him and he will put his palm open and say: Tip!Tip!.
So, nothing is free. We don't usually give because we have paid everything including tipping.

Climbing to Thutmoses III
foto tokasid BQ
(our biggest challenge is not climbing this 15m stairway but coming down from it later. It was so 'gayat')

Thutmose II..going down entrance
foto tokasid BQ

(after climbing 15m, we need to go down 10m for about 30m which is very steep at 70 degree slope. It was so warm inside more like a furnace, but it was worth the trouble)

King Tut's tomb
foto tokasid BQ

(didn't go in for lack of time)

At almost 3 pm, Muhammad gathered us and made head counts( you don't wanna leave anyone to sleep with Ramseses or Thutmoseses or Setis).The buggytrain took us back to VOK Infocentre. To get to our bus, we have to pass by the mini bazaar. This is where problem of hassling started. Muhammad had warned us to be careful and if possible play dumb with the stallowners or workers. If we need to buy anything bargain well and make sure you are familiar with the currency.

As we passed through it, we were tugged and pulled and coaxed into stalls by traders to buy their merchandies. We now know what to expect in future bazaars or souks in Luxor,Aswan and Cairo.

We then stopped by an alabaster cottage industry( later entry for this) before heading to the
Colossi of Memnon , here.

Colossi of Memnon was built by King Amenhotep III( of the 18th dynasty).Built as a mortuary temple in Thebes that was guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains now are the 23 meter (75 ft) high, one thousand ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive.

Colossi of Memnon( with Hafiz)
foto tokasid BQ

Statue Amenhotep III
foto tokasid BQ

There were few buses loaded with tourist at the site. It was a magnificient sight. After a stick of Gudang, we headed back to Luxor City to check in into the hotel. Most of us needed the rest. And Muhammad promised to take us for an Egyptian dinner. Hopefully by then we will be able to break the ice among ourselves.

There are other site on west bank which we didn't go for time constraint like the Valley of the Queen,Tombs of the Nobles,Temple of Hatshepsut and Malkata.

I was tired but wasn't sleepy at all. There were so many things to see,to experience, to smell ,to taste. I know I'm gonna love Egypt and what it has to offer.

Next: Alabaster and food and food....

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Jejak Misr 2 : Doha-Luxor. Ya I come

Its not a fog....
foto by tokasid

It was very foggy.The sharp smell of abundant multiple types of tabocco just kicked forcing itself into your nostril. Initially it felt like you just ran into a burning house and your chest felt slightly congested After hours of smoke free environment, the Smoking Room had that effect on you. But you carry on, loking around for a seat. There were about 10 chimneys there. men and women.They were Caucasians, Rabs, Indonesians and Filipinos. Enter a Malaysian chimney.Me.
I sat at the end corner and took out my Gudang garam. I joined the others to increase polluting the Smoking Room.

Despite the foggy and stuffiness, I had my fix. Went to the washroom meant for wheelers( the non-wheeler's washroom was full) and washed my face,brushed my teeth and wet my hair.Its time to go check-in at Gate 6 of Doha International Airport.

We checked-in and went down stairs to the waiting aerobus,to take us to our plane.Doha-Luxor.
It was a smaller plane compared to the A330 from KLIA. And no, it doesn't have the entertaiment console like the A330. Its okay. I have my MP4 and the faithful Nokia 3110c for the music.And I could do with some sleep.

Apart from tourist to Luxor, there were few Egyptians to. Must be going home for a holiday or after finishing their bussinesses in Doha. Most have several luggages with them.Big luggages which I don't think qualifies as hand-luggage.

At 0810 am(Doha time. Its 5 hours difference btwn Doha and KL. Doha and Luxor is 1 hour)) the plane took off and after a while I was sleep only to be waken by Mrs TA when the crew served our breakfast( and I thought we had one on the A330,earlier). But,you do get hungry fast when flying intercontinent right? The food was an indicator of our diet for the next 1 week. There were steamed(?) carrots,potatoes,smoked tomato. Arabic meatball and smoked chicken. And pita bread too.Croissant with butter and jam and orange juice. After 5 minutes,finitto! Is that starving or what. Or maybe pelahap!

I took out Dean Koontz's Watcher and read a few pages before falling asleep.The plane continued its flight across the Arabian desert north of Makkah and Madinah. When I woke up, I could see desert mountain ranges below. Ah!That must be the Eastern desert of Egypt.Everything is sand and rock. But it was a beautiful sight. Sometimes you can see a highway at the fot of the mountain range and see vehicles running on it like a lost ant.

When the plane stared to descend, we know we are maybe 200-300 km from Luxor,our destination. As the plane descende you see the mountain range getting bigger and bigger but no Pyramid was on sight. Then you start to see vegetations.Plots of farms. Green. With the greens you see scattered villages and houses.

Finally the plane landed.No applause or cheers.Everyone in our tour group was excited and eager to step on Egyptian soil. The land of Pharoah*. With our hands clutching our lugages we entered the arrival hall of Luxor International Airport. Our group re-group and Angel(our tour leader)briefed us. "Get your passports ready. There are money changers on your left if you want to change your US dollars into Egyptian Pound. The washroom is over there...I'll give you all 20 minutes before we go through the immigration booths.Is that okay with you??"

Angel..she such an angel
foto by Hafiz
Nokia N73

I went to the money changer booths. There are 5 and 4 are opened.The rate is 5.51 Egyptian pound to the greenback(in Malaysia I got RM3.41 for a dollar). There was ofcourse confusion at these booths. Some wanted to change US50.00, some a hundred. And everyone was confused with the rate( well not really confused I guessed,more of misunderstanding) and I heard someone saying to the other that we have been ripped-off. Well, I did my homework before coming to Egypt and I had calculated how much pound you get for how many dollars.

The Luxor IA is small, about 3/4 of Langkawi Airport.But the arrival hall is clean and well maintained There were no smoking signs but I can see few guys in uniform and the janitor smoking happily. After re-re-grouping, we headed for the immigratiom counter and passed through without much problem. We took all our lugages and headed through the Customs officer without bothering us visitors of Egypt. But the locals who boarded with us in Luxor were searched . Their big boxes of TV sets,DVD players were opened. Some bags were opened and clothes spread around. And we see Egyptians arguing with the Customs officers. I wonder how long will that take after we left the airport. I wonder if pounds will exchange hands!

Outside the airport, porters were waiting to collect our luggages and cart it to the buses about 50 meters away. We were told earlier that all the tips were included in our payment,so we don't need to tip anymore if didn't wish to."Its up to you!"- that will be the favourite phrase of our Egyptian guide. After putting my luggages in the bus, the porter ask for a tip.5 pounds in his palm,he thanked me a lot( and its about 65 sen to an Egyptian pound).

The weather was fine. Very sunny and bright but temperature was about 19 C. But you get the chills when the wind blew.

Muhammad al_Gharbawi our Egyptian guide
foto by Hafiz
Nokia N73

We were introduced to our Egyptian guide on the bus. A handsome young man. Muhammad al-Gharbawi. He spoke to us in English. And we understood him.That is good point,I told myself.We wouldn't be chicken speaking to ducks after all( but thats gonna happen while shopping). As Muhammad was briefing us, the bus started to the road. I was interested by the views rather than Muhammad's explaination.Never mind, MrsTA can brief me later.

Despite being colonised by the British and later for a short period by the French, the Egyptians drove on the wrong side of the road! They followed the French and the Americans and the Chinese.And the Egyptians they like to drive fast.And they honk a lot. They'll honk when they want to overtake you.They honk again after taking over. They honk when another care wanted to take over them and they honk when the other car had taken over. So its a honky place if not a honky-tonky one. And then the motorised vehicles have to compete with the horse carriages which goes ktok!ktak!ktok ! ktak! on the road. Occasionally the road become stalled when an ass cart is infront.The honking will get very loud all at the same time. Being an ass, the ass just showed its ass to the drives! Maybe,just maybe thats how the term asshole was coined!LOL.

Our bus passes by the Karnak Temple from far but we saw Luxor Temple at close range.What a sight! It was on our left and the great Nile on our right with ships(cruise ships) and motorised boats and Felukas.I know this trip is gonna be great.

Then ,Muhammad told us: " There is going to be a slight of change in our plan today! We will skip the Karnak and Luxor Temple today...", my heart sank...."...but we are going to see the Valley of the Kings.Its on the west bank of the river Nile".

Ahh...that would be nice too. VOK(Valley of Kings) here I come.

Valley of Kings
foto tokasid

Pharoah*: in the Ancient Egyptian it is Per 'a , closer to the Arabic word : Fir'aun.
Pharoah is the Greek word for Per 'a

Next: The Valley of Kings.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007


Salam to all,

Its the time of Qurban again.
A once in a year ibadah.
To those who performed the Qurban this year,Alhamdulillah.
For those who didn't,InsyaALLAH next year.

(Last year's Qurban photos can be seen here.)

Persediaan qurban

Video: tokasid

Melapah qurban
video: tokasid

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


The tagging is still on. This time our dear Fauziah Ismail did it on me. I know many had done their part, and I think I'm late with this one(but I told Fauziah I'll be late)

So here goes....

1. Name one person who made you laughed last night.

Me, myself,aku sendiri. Why you might wonder. Well, the night before I was very sleepy while waiting for House. I opened the kacang goreng container and started eating it. Guess what? I fell asleep while munching those poor kacang. In a dreamlike state I could hear Mrs TA calling Hafiz: Hafiz!! Mai tengok ayah Hafiz dok lena sambil makan kacang. Amek video Fiz!
This morning our Bibik said: Sedap ke makan kacang sambil tidur?

2. What were you doing at 0800?
Berus gigi, mandi, bersiap nak gi keja da...

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
Can't remember! Am I getting senile?

4. What happened to you in 2006?
What year is it now? Heck!,I can't remember what I did 30 minutes ago and you expect me to remember 2006?

5. What was the last thing you said out loud?
Woi! Mangkok hayun!!!

6. How many beverages did you have today?
Nes-O-Tar kurma(thats kurang manis and not kurma as for tamar) for breakfast, limau ais for noon. maybe another Nes-O-Tar kurma at 6pm today and several mugs of cold sky juice at night.

7. What color is your hairbrush?
No hairbrush, if I need Mrs TA had 2. I had an orange pocket comb. Yes,its orange. Why orange? Well its not the colour that I go for, its just becoz this particular comb had smooth 'teeth' .

8. What was the last thing you paid for?
Gudang Garam.

9. Where were you last night?
Home ,as always.

10. What color is your front door?
Dark brown

11. Where do you keep your change?
All over the place. On the table ,on the dressing set, in empty milk can, on shelves,in ashtrays(car) ,pockets,drawers,trays.

12. What’s the weather like today?
I'll go out and see later ,okay!

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor?
Vanilla and jagung and durian and red-bean( ice-cream potong)

14. What excites you?
Shhhhhh......cannot tell one,meh!

15. Do you want to cut your hair?
Just did last week

16. Are you over the age of 25?
Can't seem to read this question.Its very blur.Next question please!

17. Do you talk a lot?
No,I don't talk a lot. I just bergebang and bergebang and bergebang.So thats not talkative. You can call it gebangtive.

18. Do you watch the O.C.?
OC? I do watch Oral Contraceptive pills everyday. What! NOT that kind of OC?
So,what do you mean by OC? Otak Centre? Orang Cerdik?

19. Do you know anyone named Steven?
1-Stephen Mohd Yusuf, my bro-in-law living in California. had 2 pretty girls Jaida and Sabrina.
2-(Late)Steven my house contractor.

20. Do you make up your own words?
Well, gebangtive was one.You want more? How about zingzangtingtonglinglong?
And there's nes-o-tar kurma and nasgorcilpa or meeband.Or telor mereng?
Need I say more?

21. Are you a jealous person?
Sometimes, I do become a green-eyed monster.

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’.
Kokdiang, though his Mykad name will be different.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list?
When? Today was Hj Zainal.

25. What does the last text message you received say?
Selamat Hari raya AidilAdha dari "KAMI". From saudara Hasrul Halid of Surat Dalam Botol.

26. Do you chew on your straw?
Yennadei!! Where got use stray one to drink Nes-O-Tar laa...

27. Do you have curly hair?
Curly, no. Wavy yes. But its all white now. Can name it Gelombang Putih tak??

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to?
Toilet.Small water not big water.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life?
Rude? Can't think of one,but irritable ppl: lots of them out there.

30. What was the last thing you ate?
Nasi putih with friend chicken and telor dadar.

31. Will you get married in the future?
How future is future?

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks?
Bourne Ultimatum( and The Contract) on board Qatar Airways.

33. Is there anyone you like right now?
Lots of 'em.

34. When was the last time you did the dishes?
Does a drinking mug considered as dishes? Last night.

35. Are you currently depressed?

36. Did you cry today?
Are you joking? Give me 10 reasons why I should cry today?

37. Why did you answer and post this?
I wanna be a sport.

38. Tag 5 people who would do this.
A) Ramses II
B)Tut Akhan Men
D) Kefren
E) Amon-Ra

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Jejak Misri: The journey begins

Abu Simbel Temple
foto tokasid
Nokia 3110c

3rd December 2007

10 hours before ETD: I was still in the clinic. My replacement was supposed to be here by 6pm. But my girls have told her to try make it by 5.30pm.

Its Monday. And on Monday I can't just go out from the room before my replacement is here, for Mondays are usually busy days for the clinic.

If I don't get outta here within 15 minutes, more patients might request to see me and not my replacement. Where is she?

At 6.15pm , my replacement came in, apologising profusely. I told her its okay, don't worry( I'll still pay you as usual) and I gotta be out immediately. In the waiting rooms several regulars smiled at me, but I told them I have to get going and they have to see the lady doctor instead. All said okay doc! but one guy seemed upset. I knew him and why he came that evening to see me!Kaki MC la tu!

I droped by at Don's place for solat before heading home.

Packed,unpacked and re-packed: The past few days, my wife had been busy.Packing her things and mine. The trip is gonna be for 12 days. And we decide just one baggage for both of us. Another one for Hafiz.

So out come the 'beg Haji', a canvas bag which had zipper at its bottom which when you unzipped it will make the 'beg Haji' taller!Most of our clothings are in there. And for our hand luggage we put 2 books.For me it was Watchers by Dean Koontz and for Mrs TA ,GUIT by Awang Goneng. And some junk food like kacang goreng, asam and Haw Flakes.And not forgetting the faithful fellow traveller, the Maggi Mee Curry flavour!

Few days before that we went shopping for winter clothings( advised by our tour guide), we got a very thick but comfortable jacket for Hafiz and a pair of gloves for me. I borrowed a jacket( looks like army jacket to me) from Pak Karim and Mrs TA got her old wool jacket bought in Brastagi years ago. And Hafiz had a new pair of shoes( which is not shoes for the school)

Our flight will be at 0410am and we must be in KLIA by 0200am.
Angel, out tour guide from PARLO Tours told us to meet her either at counter J or K.

Bye Melaka.....: I had arranged for Pak Karim and my PM(pak mentua/FIL) to send us to KLIA. Initially I planned to start off at 9.00pm, so it won't be very late for PK and PM to drive back. However, we found out that Dr Asri the Mufti of Perlis will be giving a maghrib kuliah that night in Brisu. I know I'll not be able to attend so I asked PK and another friend Hj Usop to go.And I told PK to be at my house at 2300 hrs.

All the bags are ready.Passports :ready. US dollar: ready.Credit cards(not mine):ready.
Handphones: fully charged. MP4: fully charged and songs downloaded. Traveller's charger adaptor: ready.

By 2230 hrs, PK arrived and we had some coffee while the baggages were put into the trunk.
MM(mak mentua) was already crying before letting her grandson go with us. I know she would want to follow us, but I too know she is in no condition for the trip. Not with the cold winter and lots of walking and climbing to do in Egypt.

4th December.
0000 hr.

KLIA( its not Kambing Lembu Ikan Ayam okay!!): I drove to KLIA just before 2300 hrs and by 0030 am we were at counter K's seats. There were lots of travellers around mainly of Middle Eastern countries. We didn't see anyone we recognised and its still to early to call Angel. I'll call her at 0200 am I told my wife.

PK and PM stayed for a while and I told them they don't have to wait if they don't want to. There's nothing they can do here. We salam and PK and PM left.( They missed the Banting-Salak Tinggi junction and had gone via the KLIA-PLUS route which is further. PK and PM arrived in Melaka at 0230 hrs and went straight to Subaidah Nasi Kandar for a hot teh and capati/tosey or Nan).

At 0200 am I called Angel. She was already at counter J, dealing with the tickets and luggages.We went there and saw our tour group had assembled, all looking very sleepy. After 45minutes, everything was settled and we were given our tickets.We headed down the escalator right to the immigration check points. Everything went smooth there and we made ourway to the airport train point. None was there so we had to wait for 5 minutes before the 'bullet train' came and took us to gate C12.

Before checking in, I told Hafiz to take his wudhu and wear the quff( a pair of leather socks), so it'll be easier for me and hm to perform the solat subuh on the plane.
( If one had done his wudhu' and wears the quff, whenever he re-do his wudhu, he doesn't have to wash his feet like always,he only had to wipe the top of his quff with his wet hands. For a traveller/musafir, it will be valid for 3 days and 3 nights. For a non-traveller it is valid for 24 hours. There are few hadith shaheh on this quff thingy).

Checking-in and the plane!the plane! The plane! ( no Tatoo or Ricardo Montalban here I assure you.LOL!) :
There were shoutings after the body scanner and luggage scanner. A female Airport security personnel was in the heat of arguement with a middle-aged lady. I couldn't make out what these two were shouting for both were shouting at the same time. It reminded me of our Dewan Parlimen.

Another security guy told us to leave our mineral water bottles( the big ones) at their counter but allowed us to takethe smaller ones. The shouts have stopped abruptly when I heard the middle -aged lady said to the security woman: " You don't have to shout to me.I can hear you well"
Security Woman(SW): " Tadi saya sudah cakap baik-baik sama you...kita minta you buka hand-luggage nak check saja, tapi you degil tak kasi apa pasal?"
MAL: " I know,but why must you open my bag? Orang lain you didn't check one!"
SW:" Orang lain punya sebab di luggage scanner nothing suspicious,madam. You punya kita kena check.Kami cuma ikut procedure keselamatan. Kalau everything okay,kita tak ambil apa-apa dari you.Tadi saya sudah explain tadi you marah saya nak check beg you."
MAL: " Okay lah okay lah...check my bag lah...I have nothing to hide"

After a brief checking, the lady's bag was cleared and she allowed into the depature lounge. As she entered ,many were glancing at her. She was alone and appeared lost.Looking left and right.Looking for someone. Angel, out guide came to the Lady and asked her to take a sit. Aha! The lady is with our tour group. That sounds trouble.( and something did happened to her, poor thing. That will be later okay guys!)

I haven't finished listening to Nakal(GIGI) when we were asked to board the plane. It was Qatar Airways.Boeing A330.
We were to land in Doha for a transit before taking another another plane to Luxor. Our transit will be for about 1 hour in Doha.

Now, I rarely travel overseas. So I can't compare this A330 of Qatar to others. Well I've flown with MAS to Sabah ,Beijing,Bali and Medan. I've taken AirAsia to KT and Kucing before. I've taken Garuda to Jogjakarta.

Interior of A330 looks small but the arrangement of seats into 2-4-2 formation made us comfortable though the leg space is less than desirable. But a plus to this Qatar flight( which I didn't had before) is the entertainment console and nice meals.

For entertainment, each seat is allocated with a 7 inches LCD TV console with your own remote control.There's the various movies for you( almost near Doha only I knew you can select the movies and songs!!Goblok) from Bourne series,the Contract,Stardust,Harry Potter, Rottatule, Hairspray,Transformer etc. And the songs! What do you want? English,Hindi,Arabic,Chinese,French,Italian,Spanish,Malay and Indonesia. And yes,Japs and Koreans too. There's U2,Led Zep, Doors,Pink Floyd,John Lee Hooker,Muddy Waters,BB King. And there's Pat Methany.Of course there Michael Jackson!!And there's the videogames too.Unfortunately, we can't blog!! Kalau tak......

Most of the passengers are asleep(those from Denpasar,Bali) or are falling asleep(from KLIA). I can't sleep. I have to look constantly at the windows. I need to know when Subuh is. Somewhere above Aceh, not Subuh yet. Somewhere above India not subuh yet. I think it was somewhere above the Indian ocean that I can see a thin white line expanding at the horizon that I knew its time for subuh. After re-taking my wudhu'( and wiping my quff), I manage to perform solat subuh sitting. Alhamdulillah.

Qatari Airway meal
foto tokasid

The foods on Qatar Airways was great(for me at least) or maybe coz I was really hungry. I finished everything they served.In fact some of Mrs TA's food 'jumped' into my small tray.
The cabin crew were of different nations and friendly. And none wore skirts like our AirAsia girls.

As night turned into bright beautiful morning it was an amazing sight to feast on.From total darkness the color spectrum becomes lighter and lighter with various degrees of yellow,orange and red thrown in followed by grey and blue.

Morning has broken
foto tokasid

Almost 0700 am(Qatar time) the captain announced that we will be landing very soon and he took the plane downwards ever so gently. Finally he landed smoothly.Very clinical landing. You don't feel the bounce or the tyres rumbling hard on the surface.

Everyone was eager to get out of the plane. Almost 8 hours of sitting will sure make your ass sore. I'm sure we have hundreds of sore asses that morning, ever willing to jump of the plane to have a small walk to relax their limbs and make blood flow again.

Doha International is small if you compare to KLIA. They don't have the 'bullet train' but they have this broad buses that reminded me of golf buggy. 3 buses were there to take us to the terminal.The terminal is small,maybe a quater of our KLIA in size, but its very nice and cozy. They have a shopping arcade just behind the immigration counters and the above level is where most gates are with a big Musollah, eatery, several toilets and a smoking room( so hazy that I thought the KL jerebu had made its away across the Indian Ocean).

Kom Ombo: sunset
foto tokasid

Next: Doha to Luxor.

Kandungan posting mungkin ada kena mengena atau tidak dengan makhluk yang hidup atau yang telah tiada.Kalau sapa-sapa terasa nak buat macamana kan. Sapa makan cabai melaka dia pedaih laa

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Jejak Misri....the marvelous Egypt: a preview.

Sphinx with Pyramid
foto by tokasid

Salam to all.

I know.I know. And I am sorry.
Some friends had been waiting for the Jejak Misri with photos( the belly dance kan?).

Since coming back, I was a bit busy(and lazy but not crazy).With masuk jawi/berkhatan and all those usual stuff.

I haven't had the chance to really sit down and write. So this entry is sort of like a teaser. Or a gazzette.Or during my kampong days, a cheap matinee.

I do hope you guys will like these photos that I took with my cheapo Nokia( really its really cheap and I can't remember its model. 3310 or 3110? Ntah le!)

The pics from my cheapo camera will be review tonight and InsyaALLAh will be in the REAL entry.

foto tokasid Nokia

Nile sunset( near Esna)
foto tokasid with Nokia

Who got the better nose?
Hafiz with al-Sphinx
foto tokasid n Nokia

Kandungan posting mungkin ada kena mengena atau tidak dengan makhluk yang hidup atau yang telah tiada.Kalau sapa-sapa terasa nak buat macamana kan. Sapa makan cabai melaka dia pedaih laa

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Jejak Misr

Assalamu'alaikum to all fellow bloggers.

Alhamdulillah, I'm fine in Upper Egypt.
This is not an entry to tell about the trip.
This is to lepas gian only. Now its confirmes I'm an addict.
Bloggerdict. Or is it blodict. (Kerp!! bukan blowdick okay.LOL!)

Anyway, just arrived back to Luxor from Aswan via the Nile cruise.
Sure have a lot to write about this trip and lots of pictures too( MS: kalau aku beli D40 dulu tentu lagi best hang kata....too bad the old BenQ is my companion.Sigh!)
(And my 2G SD card dah penuh,now using the 1G SD pulak)

Tomorrow theres the visit to Karnak and Luxor temples before taking the night train to Cairo.
Thanks for the wishes you guys gave before my trip. Thanks to Shah Cakapaje and Kerp for the smses while I'm in Misr.

Lucky to find an internet cafe while strolling by the Nile river ,dapat gak lepas gian hari ni.
Till then, hangpa kena tunggu lah apa cerita aku nak bagi nanti.
(Hints: tadi tengok Belly Dancing, babe!!)


Tokasid al-Luxori.

Kandungan posting mungkin ada kena mengena atau tidak dengan makhluk yang hidup atau yang telah tiada.Kalau sapa-sapa terasa nak buat macamana kan. Sapa makan cabai melaka dia pedaih laa

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Matsalo: Jangan NAKAL bila aku TERBANG.


Among the best Indonesian rock that I've ever heard.
Energetic on stage.

This is for my bro Matsalo dengan ucapan : jangan NAKAL bila aku TERBANG.
Untuk Kerp ,Shah dan Che'gu : majulah sukan untuk EPL
Buat rakan-rakan lain: Sedang buat apa tu?? Bincang nak buat rombongan Cik Kiah ke?

Nakal by GIGI

Terbang by GIGI

Note: I'm off to do a nosejob for the Sphinx and Madam Cleopatra from 4th( 4.10am)till 12 th Dec 2007. Hope to 'meet' you guys again on 13th Dec.

Kandungan posting mungkin ada kena mengena atau tidak dengan makhluk yang hidup atau yang telah tiada.Kalau sapa-sapa terasa nak buat macamana kan. Sapa makan cabai melaka dia pedaih laa

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Up..up and Away: Roadtrip to Utagha

It was in a way a planned and an unplanned trip.

Planned because it was during Hari Raya 'Eidulfitr that Car9 called me and told me that he had just visited Ustaz Mahadi Minhad( in Alor Star), our former hostel master cum guardian in SAHC back in the mid-to-late 70s. And he told me that our dear ustaz did asked about me: "Kawan hangpa hat jadi doktot tu dok mana la ni?", which Car9 told him that I am in Melaka(and most probably I'll die and be buried in Melaka too,Wallahu'alam).

And Car9 also mentioned to me: "Woi! 24 hb sebelaih nanti ustaz nak buat gheja kawin anak dia hat bongsu tu. Dia suruh aku jemput sapa-sapa yang dok hostel masa time dia dulu. Hang kena pi kali ni pasai hang tak penah jumpa ustaz lepaih taon 80 dulu!"
So I told Car9: "InsyaALLAH aku akan pi."

And I planned to go up north for the kenduri. No,its not to go and eat nasi minyak with gulai rebung. Its just to meet ustaz again and meet old friends whom most of them I haven't seen since 1980!Now that is a long 27 years and I'm not sure if I can recognise their faces or not.Or even their names.But one thing for sure I'll remember their nicknames.

Then about a month ago, my kuliah sahabah(who I just found out that he is also my mum's cousin) told me, Hj Usop and Pak Karim that his son is getting married on the 25th November,in Kangar. Ah!!What a nice coincidence,I told myself. On the 24th it'll be Ustaz's kenduri in Alor Star and on the 25th it'll be Chot's kenduri in Kangaqr.

About 10 days ago, Pak Karim got a message from his son. Pak Karim just got as new granddaughter(his 4th),in Alor Star.MasyaALLAH! This piece of news just made the trip more likely.

So we(me,Hj Usop and Pak Karim) planned and planned and planned. Initially there were a few more guys like Hj Salim and Dr Yunuih and Hj Rahim who was eager to go to Kangar but somehow they can't make it at the 11th hour. Dah tak dak rezeki.

Then on the 20th November at 6.30 am I received a sms message from my brother Bali. He told me his bro-in-law,Aziz had gone to the otherside to meet his Creator at 4.30am that day, in Kg Beseri,Kangar. Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi roji'un. I told Bali I can't go to Perlis that day. But deep inside,I knew I have to make this trip to utagha.

That night, I called my other bro,Jan to see how he is doing. He had been having this leg and loin pain with nightmares for 21/2 months. And his nighmares are getting worst by the day. A black cobra,a black wild boar and a black dog kept appearing in his nightmares.And his legs are getting worse with wastings of fat and muscles over the legs. He had seen 3 specialist in Taiping and Ipoh and they too are puzzled. His blood results and X-Rays and MRIs are all normal. He is using a walking stick for the last 2 weeks or so.

Ah!! I have to go back and see my little brother who is suffering in silence.Yes,in silence. Since he was a kid, he rarely made people know he is in pain.And he'll just smile when ppl asked him how is he today? But his eyes will tell you he is in pain. He is like Bapak. They will smile to cheer others.

Now, I have no reasons at all to cancel this trip. I have 2 kenduris.I have a bereaved family to see and I have my little brother who is suffering from ALLAH knows what, to give him some moral support.

23rd November,Friday.4.00pm.

Me,Pak Karim and Hafiz started off from Jebatville and had ashort stop at Dengkil RnR, a newly re-built RnR. Its nicer now with nice landscape around it( maybe Wak Pinter might not think so, tak gitu Wak?). We had solat 'Asar the qasar-way before we continue by the Guthrie Highway.
There was a crawl from Rawang sector to Behrang.The roadworks. PLUS is upgrading and widening that stretch before they can increase the toll rate. Our next stop was Tapah RnR for solat jamak Maghrib and 'Isya and for dinner. We reached Taiping at 11pm. Mak and my sis was waiting for us.
I told mak we were going to Alor Star and Kangar and asked her to come along. She agreed for she too wanted to visit her younger sister,my aunt who took care of me in 1975 for 6 months before I was admitted into the hostel of SAHC. Mak said, Makcik Jah just had her cataract removed a week ago and is now recuperating.

I called Chot in Kangar and told him I'm taking my mother along to his reception.Chot was excited and said YES! Do bring my mak for Chot's sisters will be there in Kangar too, and they too are eager to meet Mak again, their long lost cousin.
24th November,Saturday 2007.

We had capati for breakfast in Kamunting Foodcourt centre, then to Jan's place nearby. He was frail and walking with a stick.With each step I can see him in pain but he kept on smiling. And his eyes showed he hadn't had any good sleep for weeks. I gave him several medications which I brought along from Jebatville. I told him and his wife ,if he doesn't mind I would like to bring him back to Jebatville for treatment. He and his wife said, they'll think about it, but if its the Raya Haji week then they have no problem. If its tomorrow then it might be a bit difficult. Well, I understand and let them decide, I told them.

We then took the PLUS highway to Alor Star with a stop in Gurun RnR for lunch( mana cukup 2 keping capati saja for breakfast). Now, Gurun RnR is a suprise to me. The lauk-pauk there made me want all. There's ikan keli bakar with ayaq asam for cicah, there's gulai ikan with thick gravy. There's lempong/pelampong/paru-paru goreng. There's nangka masak lemak cabai Melaka and gulai rebung. My mouth is watering again as I write this.

I called Car9. He was at the Juru toll. With him was Tok Arab and Pa Ahmad. Car9 reminded me that we'll meet in Masjid Taman Uda at 3pm. Okay, I said.

I called my cousin Eda,and told her we'll be in Alor Star by 2.30pm and I needed her to guide me to her place.As promised, we were at her house by 2.30pm. Makcik Jah was there and she sure was suprised by our visit. She cried when she saw me and Mak. Iknew, she have a lot to tell me about her health and about Pakcik's death( Pakcik is the actor Zulkifli Ismail's [of Gerak Khas] father). After saying Hello and Hai to my anak-anak menakan, I excused myself,Pak Karim and Hafiz. We need to go to Taman Uda,Jalan Sultanah/Day for Ustaz'sMinhad reception.
As we have promised to meet in the mosque, I stop over masjid Sultanah Bahiyah and we had solat Jamak there.

But I couldn't find Car9 or the others inside or outside the mosque.After 5 minutes,Car9 called me: " Woi!!Hang tang mana?"

TA: "Aku tang mesjid la.Hangpa di mana? Aku tak nampak pun kelibat hangpa. Gheta hang pun aku tak nampak"

Car9:"Laa..kami pakat di mesjid la ni. Kami dok melilau cari nag haram takdak pun?

TA:" Aku dok di tempat parking mesjid la..."

Car9:" Hang di mesjid mana ni? Kami di masjid Taman Uda. Hang mesjid mana?"

TA:" Aku pun tak tau semejid apa hat dekat ngan gate ghetapi tu..."

Car9:" Laa...tu mesjid Sultanah Bahiyah. kami di mesjid Taman Uda. Hang patah balik, nanti hang nampak stesen Esso dan Shell.Antara 2 stesen tu hang masuik kiri ,hang akan nampak mesjid tu."

TA:" Laa...mesjid lain ropanya aku singgah. Okay takpa. Lagi 5 menet aku sampai. Roger!"

And we met near Masjid Taman Uda ,finally. Waiting for me was Tok Arab and Ajit Arshad. And then car9 with Art Capang joined us. There was another group of guys which I remember them as a year our junior. there was Amir samad, Azmi Baba,Hasbullah and few others which I can't remember their names. Then came along our senior Wan Ninety and Mat Bear.

At Ustaz's place, I was most probably the happiest person( well maybe the pengantin is the happiest person). I met so many old friends which I haven't met for more than 27 years. Kri Mugenm, Hashim Badak, Mat Di Put, Li Kent*t, Syed Hassan,pak Korg Ussolli, Jalil Besi,Alim bantot, Mahadi Jalut,Chop Chong,Zainon Non, Ark Besi Megat Dewa,Nasir Mohd.
We talk and talk and talk and made jokes and asked about this guy and that guy. who is doing what and who had how many wives . And Ustaz keep coming to us and making small enquries about us. And we made jokes t those who brought the cigarettes out: "Woi...sapa isap rokok, malam ni lepas solat 'Isya kena berdiri depan saf dan kena rotan pungkoq"( for back in our hostel days, those caught smoking, will be caned after solat Isya infront of everyone.)

By 5.30pm it was time to say goodbye to each other. We took each others' handphone numbers and we salam and peluk our dear ustaz. Its hard to contained one's emotion in this reception. We do not know when we'll meet again. We do not know the next news we heard will be a good one or a sad one. And me, the furthest among us, really do not know if I will ever see my fellow Collegians again. It was with a heavy heart I said goodbye to my mates. Those boys that I grew up with, feeding on nasik kawah, playing football together, bathing and washing our school uniforms together, going to cinema together. All these I kept tightly in my memories, never to let it go.

Then , we next went to Pak Karim's daughter in-law with her new born little girl. After asking around and missing a few streets, we found her house. PaK Karim's DIL was waiting for us. His cucu was fast asleep. Little Qistina.

Pak Karim picked Qistina up and held her close to him. He had finally seen his new granddaughter. How he loved her. I can see in his eyes.The sparkle or a proud grandpa.
We were there for 45 minutes before we bade goodbye to little Qistina and back to Eda's place.

She was preparing dinner. Seafood dinner. There's sup ketam, lala goreng kunyit,seafood tomyam and sotong, udang and ikan bakar being prepared by my other cousin, Zaidi( Eda's brother). The 7 kids( Eda's 5 and Zaidi's 2) were enjoying themselves with gherek bicycles and running around the BBQ set. Dinner was delicious. I tried reading Awng Goneng's GUIT but had to stop after one page. I was damned sleepy.Luckily we had jamak solat during maghrib, otherwise it will be bye-bye to solat.

25th November, Sunday.

Pak Karim woke me up at 6.45 am for solat subuh. At 7.15 am, Mokhtar(Eda's hubby) went out with his kapchai. To buy breakfast.And newspapers.
Mokhtar bought us roti canai( which is 90 sen a piece in most Aloq Staq's stalls), some kueh and a big suprise. Pulut kukus with nyiok parut and ikan tamban masin goreng!Now, this is one old traditional breakfast in Kedah especially northern Kedah. My last breakfast of pulut with tamban goreng( and sambal blacan too) was maybe about 30 years ago, when I was staying with Cik Jah in Gunung Gheyang( G.Keriang). I told Hafiz of this meal and he was eager to try.

9.30am we bade goodbye and I promised Cik Jah and Eda, I'll come again if I happen to be in Kedah. There was the customary salam and peluk with Cik Jah.
We took Jalan Langgar and drove by SAHC.I showed Hafiz my alma mater.It was still the same grand school,at least in appearance. I heard its academic results is nothing to shout about.
We went to Pekan Rabu complex( as Pak Karim had never been there) and bought Sepat Ronggeng for Mrs TA. Pak Karim bought something which look like a kurta.
Mak bought some minyak gamat.

And I saw a shop with a name: Wakil mencari Jodoh. ( click kalu nak tengok gambaq kedai jodoh ni...LOL!!)
(Update: Timakasih drzeze for the link utk gambaq Agency Mencari Jodoh)

Later on our way to Kangar, I took the route via Gunung Gheyang(Gunung Keriang). I need to see that grand solitary gunung right in the vast padi plains and the house which I spent my early 6 month of Aloq Staq life. The house is still there. Cik Jah had rented it out.I stood there in front of the house and old memories came flashing in my mind. My old Gunung friends. Lan Mak Piah, Azmi bahari, Rusli Bahari and few others whose faces I remember to this day but can't recall their names. These were guys who took me to the padang( padi fields) to look for anak semilai/anak karin( ikan laga) or to catch sepat ronggeng or puyu or ikan rruan( haruan). I sometimes followed them to mandi ayaq ban( tali air) or chase away birds from eating our padi. These were guys who took me to mandi ayaq mata ayaq from the spring pond at the foot of Gunung Gheyang. I heard some had gone to KL and some in Penang and some in Alor Star.

After 20 minutes there, we proceeded to Kangaq via Aloq Jangguih(Alor Janggus), Ayaq Itam, Kerpan and Kuala Sanglang. I showed Hafiz the roads leading to Kg Lanabulu and the one to Megat Dewa. There were 2 roadblocks and I thought could it be due to Hindraf thing?

Perlis, like Kedah, you see padi fields around you with occasional islands scattered on these vast fields. Islands which housed 2-3 houses surrounded by coconut tress blown by the passing winds.

Near Behor Temak just before enterinh Kangar proper I stopped and called Hj Usop.
TA: " Salam syeh! Hang ada tang mana ni?"

Usop: " Kami baru lepaih Jetera(Jitra). Hang ada mana? Hang tunggu aku tang stesen Petronas Mail okay. Mail Behor Temak".

TA: " Aku memang ada depan stesen Mail Behor Temak la syeh. Hang tau dak stesen dia tang mana?"

Usop: " AKu tak tau. Aku tak pernah pi pun stesen dia!"

TA:" Laaa....aku ingat hang tau. Okay hang teroih saja nanti lepaih pekan Changloon ada simpang masuk kiri. Hang amek simpang tu dan akan masuk 'highway' Perlis.Hang teroih saja sampai hang nampak signage ke Kangaq,hang turun highway tu masuk kanan. Aku tunggu lebih kurang 1 km dari situ."

After half an hour, Usop and his family arrived and we continue to 'look' for Chot's house in Taman Sena. I have been to Kangaq several times but never in the real sense 'ronda-ronda' around Kangaq. But as a small town, Kangaq is easy and within 10 minutes we were at Chot's reception.

Chot was there attending to his many guests. We gave salam and the customary handshake with an envelope. Chot then took Mak to see his sisters.
When Mak saw her cousins and an aunt there, it was a very emotional moment for them. I think they haven't seen each other for more than 40 years and they had a lot of catching up to do.

I told Chot and Hj Usop I can't stay long.I had to go to Beseri. I need to visit Pak Sharif who lost a son and Besah who lost a husband. I had no difficulty to Beseri( there's a MRSM and SM Sains Perlis there), but had to drive carefully once I enter the kampong. We had to drive through padi fields . The tar road was narrow, just enough for one car. I am not sure what to do if there is another car from the opposite side. We can't just gostan through the winding and narrow road. And I wonder how on earth the Beserians manage to overcome this problem.

Pak Sharif, Mak Jah and my sis-in-law was at home waiting for us. Bali,my brother was still in Padang Besar( for beras wangi ,pulut and pulut hitam). We gave our takziah to Pak Sahrif's family. Mak chatted with Mak Jah .Me,Pak Karim and Hafiz sat with Pak Sharif at the front pelantar(balcony).After Bali came back from Pdg Besar we went to Besah's place and offered our takziah. Allahyarham Aziz had 2 daughters. The kakak sulong is in UiTM Shah Alam doing Sports Management. The second one is sitting for her STPM. On the day Aziz died adik was sitting for her second paper~ Pengajian Am.
Both were helping their mak to organise their lives. They are lucky that Pak Sharif and Mak Jah is there. And Bali with his wife is helping out a lot.

At 5.00pm, we had to leave Kangar. We need to drop Mak in Taiping before continuing our journey back to Jebatville. The traffic on PLUS was heavy especially from Sg Petani to Juru toll. Alhamdulillah it didn't rain and there was no accident,so our journey was smooth. We reached Taiping at 8.30pm after stopping at Gunung Semanggol/Tasik Merah RnR for solat.

9.30 pm. We started off from Taiping. We were tired(and sleepy), so me and Pak Karim drove alternately. Managed to get a few winks. My neck and body was aching.Eventhough I was sleepy, I can't sleep due to the neck pain. A nice warm bed would be nice....but we are still far away from home. Too far from comfort.

Finally, at 4.00 am we arrived safely to Melaka. I dropped Pak Karim in DT and I continued towards home. By the time I went to bed it was after subuh at 5.45am. And I have 3 circumcision to do the next morning!!

To be this trip was berbaloi. I managed to visit my brother Jan, my makcik and her children in Aloq Staq, took Pak Karim to see his cucu , went to 2 kenduris and visit Allahyarham Aziz's family. Mission accomplished.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Perkara yang membatalkan Islam(Bahagian 18)

Pai-pai dan otik
foto by tokasid

(Bahagian 17 boleh lihat semula di sini)

5. Sujud kepada selain dari ALLAH

Amalan juga boleh menyebabkan seseorang menjadi syirik. Antaranya orang mensyirikkan ALLAH dalam hal-hal ibadah: melakukan rukuk atau sujud kepada selain dari ALLAH Ta'ala.
Perbuatan ini menyebabkan jadi kufur atau syirik kerana hak sujud dan rukuk( dalam ertikata ibadah) HANYA kepada ALLAH SWT sahaja.

6. Mengagungkan seseorang dengan keterlaluan( idolisation).

Kadangkala, manusia melakukan syirik dalam amalan apabila, ia menyamakan sifat manusia sehingga menyamakan dengan sifat ALLAH.

Ini kadangkala berlaku pada adat istiadat Melayu(lama) apabila memuji atau memuja para Raja atau pemerintah( lalu digunakan perkatan Maha). Ada juga yang ingin mengampu atau membodek Raja atau pemerintah, mereka gunakan perkataan yang seolah-olah Raja atau pemerintah yang menentukan segala yang terjadi.

Contoh:" Apa yang tuanku kehendaki maka semuanya pastiakan berlaku, kerana tuanku yang Maha Mulia"

Atau kepada pemerintah: Datuk Seri jangan risau. Di negara kita Datuk Seri yang paling berkuasa dan apa yang Datuk Seri katakan pasti akan terjadi.....Orang semua menyanjungi Datuk seri sehingga mereka sanggup buat apa saja demi datuk Seri".

7. Fahaman Wahdatul Wujud.

Ini bermakna mendakwa bahawa seseorang boleh bergabung dengan ALLAH, apabila mereka mencapai maqam tertentu.
Ini dapat kita lihat dalam beberapa aliran kesufian yang tergelincir landasan mereka.
Kepercayaan ini bagi mereka menunjukkan ALLAH disamakan dengan makhluk.
Ini mengeluarkan mereka dari agama Islam.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Seniman Bujang Lapuk...revisited

Salam to all.

(Pemberitahuan: Ayah Zakhir Biggum telah selamat menjalani pembedahan coronary by pass yestterday.Alhamdulillah. Lets doa for his speedy recovery. Kisahnya di sini. )

We have seen it so many times.Yet, we can't help it.I mean we don't have any choice but to keep on laughing.And laughing out loud we did.

Lets laugh again at these gems.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Etong , Pak Tam and Saniman Nunuih....

Wayang Kulit Sri Asun.
Nama terkenal di sebelah Utara terutamanya Kedah.
Dah lebih 30 tahun Tok Majid menjelajah serata dunia(yes..serata dunia)mempersembahkan wayang kulit.
Di Kedah sapa yang tak kenai Etong ,Pak Tam dan Saniman Nunuih? 2 karektor dalam wayang kulit Sri Asun.

Dengan ini di persembahkan....Wayang Kulit Sri Asun untuk hiburan anda.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Kantoi.....part 2: Auuwww.....I tak rela you!

The previous kantoi story is here.

Kantoi : Boleh lah bang......

( I have updated this story at the bottom of this entry)

Aku ni selalu jumpa golongan pondan. Nama lain yang popular bagi golongan ini ialah Maknyah dan Bapok. Di Kedah mereka di panggil Daghai(darai) atau kadang-kadang Kakdon( ni aku tak tahu mai mana istilah kakdon). Ada juga gelar mereka sebagai siLembut. Ada yang kata Geng Auww...Ada gelar mereka sotong. Sesiapa yang tahu istilah lain untuk golongan ini boleh bagitahu.

Pondan/maknyah/daghai/bapok ni adalah satu golongan yg confuse. Depa pun confuse.Masyarakat pun confuse terhadap mereka. Mereka ini claim jiwa wanita mereka terperangkap dalam tubuh lelaki. Aku boleh la faham sikit terhadap sesetengah mereka tetapi naik meluat dan melugai( bahasa Utagha untuk meloya) pada sebahagian besar dari mereka.

Aku simpati kepada yang betul2 genuine pondan. Tapi kepada majoriti yang lebih lajak dari laju dan lebih gedik dari lembut memang aku 'hangin'. Masa aku belajar kat UM dulu memang ada juga kami belajar tentang golongan ni, jadi kami adalah faham serba sedikit sifat pondan genuine.Masa tu kat IPTA tak banyak sangat golongan ni tapi la ni dengaq kata dah jenuh kat IPTA dan IPTS.

Tapi yang dok nampak selalu ialah pondan jadian(macam rimau jadian lah, mana sama dengan rimau kat hutan atau zoo atau sarkas). Mereka yang masa kecil memang anak jantan sejati yang rajin terjun sungai dan main lastik dan main guli , main getah gundu,main gambar dan curi buah moktan dan mempelam jiran.

Bila masuk sekolah menengah masih jantan. Tapi lepas PMR atau SPM tiba-tiba jadi lembut dan gemalai umpama sotong. Yang ada misai dah cukur atau cabut. Rambut simpan panjang dan gaya berjalan berubah.Kalau itek gembo-gembo lihatpun mungkin itek boleh pengsan.

Sesekali adalah sorang dua daghai ni datang jumpa aku. Selalunya mereka nak hormon untuk menambah kepondanan mereka. Selalunya tujuan nak 'membuahkan' dada mereka yang pada asalnya tak berbuah.

Mula-mula dulu aku cukup takut geng-geng jadian ni.Mana tak nya, cakap lemah lembut gemalai lontaran suara tetapi malangnya tone suara dan pitching tak bagus. Mungkin depa rasa depa bercakap macam Siti Nurhaliza, tapi aku dengar sora(suara) depa macam Papa Rock Ramli Sarip.( sorry eh Papa jangan saman gua pulak)

Selain lontaran sora yang gemalai, tangan dan jari jemari mereka memang umpama sotong. Kuit sana kuit sini jari lentik depa kat aku. Depa bukan kira di mana. Pernah sekali tu kat kedai nasi ayam, si daghai ni siap cuit-cuit aku dan dok menyendel-nyendel kat aku. Naik geli geleman aku. Hati cuak jugak...sebab I tak rela di goda U....

Kita dok ingat puak-puak ni sama saja, rupanya tidak. Yang aku noticed pondan genuine ni cukup tak suka dengan pondan jadi-jadian. Kata pondan ori, pondan jadi-jadian ni kebanyakkannya tak senonoh perangai dan memalukan kaum pondan saja. Pondan jadi-jadian ni yang sering buat kerja tak senonoh,yang dok belakang mati. Yang ori ni selalunya tak macam tu.Yang ori ni selalunya akan jadi hair dresser atau make-up artist atau mak andam( ka nak kata pak andam). Itu kata mereka . Aku tak tahu sejauh mana kebenaran statement itu.

Mereka juga seperti remaja lelaki dan perempuan yang lain. Mahu mencinta dan di cintai. Malah sikap cemburu mereka amat kuat. Kalau mereka berebut pak we sesama mereka...mak datok....depa punya maki hamun power habis. Aku rasa kalau ada pertandingan memaki hamun pasti mereka jadi johan. Naib johan akan jatuh kepada ahli politik.

Dulu-dulu in the 80s masa kat kampus, bila weekend kawan2 yang ada kereta akan bawa kami budak-budak kampung untuk tengok KL nitelife. Mana lagi kalau bukan depan Collesium/Tivoli di Jalan TAR. Kat situ kaum pondan ni cantik-cantik sungguh. Kalau dia tak bercakap memang kita ingat perempuan. Seronok ngusik pondan-pondan ni tapi jangan sampai depa naik angin. kalau depa dah marah depa akan belasah macam orang jantan belasah.

Masa aku houseman kat Tepen pun kadang2 ramai-ramai naik moto ke Taman Tasek sebelah Lakeview. Situ tempat port pondan Taiping. Kawasan situ gelap dan kita akan nampak pondan2 ni cantik2 belaka. Kalau ajak gi bawah lampu jalan depa tak mahu sebab akan nampak halkum kat leher dan nampaklah mekap yang tebal. Pernah ada kejadian di Taiping mungkin dan 15 tahun kot, ada serbuan pencegah maksiat di Taman tasik Taiping. Pakat bercemperalah pondan2 ni lari sampai ada yang terjun ke dalam tasik. Nak jadi malang, ada seorang pondan ni tak reti berenang, tapi dia terjun juga sebab takutdi tangkap. Mati lemas dia malam tu.

Berbalik pada pondan-pondan yang dulu sering datang jumpa aku sebab nak membuahkan dada masing-masing. Mereka akan datang in 2s or 3s dan akan demand nak hormon tu dan hormon ni. Aku memang tak simpan benda-benda yang merekla nak , tapi depa ingat aku sengaja tak mahu jual to them. Mula lah depa go into pujuk and gedik mode: Alaa...boleh la bang...( kena sengaukan suara)..boleh la bang eh?? Abang tolong le order untuk kita orang ye bang eh? Kalau abang order nanti kita boleh urut badan abang...FOC lagi bang...

Aku selalunya akan nasihatkan mereka terutama yang jadi-jadian ni. Macam2 alasan yang depa berikan untuk justify kepondanan depa kat aku....

Aku sebenarnya kesian kat mak bapak pondan jadia-jadian ni. They just don't know what to do.

Masa aku di SAHC Aloq Staq, aku dan kawan-kawan sering jumpa daghai/kakdon( term used in Kedah) when we go for our weekend outing. especially during Form 4 and 5. Our hostel,(Hostel B) is very near the railway station. Our back fence is adjacent to the railway track.
Eventhough when going out for outing we have to use the school's frontgate, we still have to walk nearby the Railway Station( about 100m or so.).
Now this particular station is a famous nightspot for daghai/kakdon and their customers. At night there'll be taxis and beca and motocycles in that vicinity. People say this is where the bargaining takes place before the happy couple(!) took off on becas or motocycles or taxis( prebet sapu too in those days).

I personally haven't been to this particular nightspot, for I was a very discipline pupil back then( I never 'panjat pagar' to sneak out at night for a cigarette or for sepiring mee Tonggek). But friends who frequently sneaked out tell us of the stories whereby a daghai got into a quarrel with a jantan. The reason for the quarrel, mt friends didn't know. but verbal abuses changed to exchanging punches. Guess who won? Teett....wrong answer, not the jantan. Its the daghai who won hands down. The jantan just pick up his ego and his bicycle and sped off into darkness.
This story and others made me fear the daghais of Aloq Staq, and I never venture into the nitelife of Aloq Staq.

Aku terjumpa blog pondan kat sini. Hah3...

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