Thursday, September 28, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Left: Moroccan ceramic plate and bowl in bright tumeric yellow. Intricately decorated with leaf and fruits motif. I bought three set of this kind of ceramic in Essouria, Morocco, another set with lemon yellow colour hangs on the other side of the 'Bali Window'. One can also notice the hanging Middle Eastern coloured glass and copper lamp from Bali.
Right: Japanese ceramic called Ko Imari Sometsuke Chawan or Bowl. These floral motif bowl are very popular during the 17th century in Japanese Royal Court. The ever popular teak wood 'Bali Window' is also hanging on the one side of the dining hall which compliments the wood-glass cabinet placed below it.
Left: The copper calligraphy of Ayyatul Qursi in a wooden panel frame is hanging on the hallway to the Master Bedroom, directly visible from the main entrance (good feng shui and avoid evil spirits entry). On top of it is a hand-painted Gypsy's motif deco plate from Macau, made in 1936.
Right: A friend of mine from Johor Bahru presented this brush painting as a farewell token. The bamboo motif is surprisingly soothing and tranquil if one look 'deep' inside it. Painted on a rice paper by Chinese Muslim and nicely placed on Chinese cotton with floral embossed texture. On top is another deco plate from Macau, a strong Portuguese influence motif.
Left: Huge teak wood mirror with very minimal deco on the edges - 'kembang teratai' or lotus flower. I hang 2 sets of wall deco plate from Europe on the left and right side of the mirror. Partially visible on the right are hand-painted tiles framed in pine wood from Holland, which I bought more than 11 years ago while travelling solo in Europe. On top is a huge oval shape China's serving plate with small holes around the edges.
Right: The calligraphy of Allah and Muhammad in Arabic, made from black volcano sands in Borobudur, Jogjakarta. Heavy and strong with solid Berlian wood frame.
Left: Another Japanese Ko Imari Sometsuke's plate collection with floral motif. Hanging on a black steel plate hanger from Spain.
Right: French 'Aquarelle' paintings from Daniele Fraboulet, 1996. Aquarelle means 'watercolour' and this realistic fruits and vase/water jar object is seeing framed in white painted pine wood. This is definitely one of my favourite things hanging on the wall.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
"Curses were pronounced on those among the Children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of Dawud (David) and of 'Isa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), because they disobeyed and persisted in Excesses." (Al-Quran. Surah Al-Maidaah 5:78)
"And in their footsteps We sent 'Isa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary), confirming the Law that had come before him: We sent him the Gospel: therein was guidance and light, and confirmation of the Law that had come before him: a guidance and an admonition to those who fear Allah. Let the People of the Gospel judge by what Allah hath revealed therein. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who rebel." (Al-Quran. Surah Al-Maaidah 5:46-47)
"Listen to this, O house of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah, you who take oaths in the name of the LORD and invoke the God of Israel— but not in truth or righteousness-" (Bible. Isaiah 48:1-3)
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Kali terakhir aku ke negara seberang tu ialah masa sambut Aidil Adha tahun lepas, sekitar Februari 2005, masa tu aku sambut di Jogja setelah beberapa hari di Jakarta. Naik keretapi First Class yang tambangnya lebih mahal dari tambang kapal terbang. Mengharap nak menikmati pemandangan indah sepanjang perjalanan, hampa belaka kerana hujan turun hampir di setiap daerah. Dari Jogja aku terbang pula ke Bali untuk beberapa hari sebelum pulang terus ke Johor. Rasa seperti sudah bertahun-tahun lamanya aku tak 'pulang' ke Indonesia. InsyaAllah, aku akan sambut Ramadhan di Batam (tetapi suasana di Batam berbeza dari pulau Jawa, Batam tak banyak beza dari Tanah Melayu, dan sememangnya pun Batam dahulunya sebahagian dari Empayar Johor-Riau). Aidil Fitri nanti congak-congak akan ke Bandung, kalau sempat singgah ke Jakarta sekali. Pasti banyak rumah yang aku nak kunjungi kalau ke sana, termasuklah ke rumah pelakon siri Hikmah kat Astro Ria tu, sapa tatau?
Terpandang paspot dalam laci, dibelek-belek, kali terakhir ke Indonesia ialah pada 12 Jun 2005 rupanya. Kemana saja...
Monday, September 11, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
After nearly 20 minutes of serious conversation and 'diplomacy', the Marcom guy insisted me to join his department, he said that I will be a very good bet for his expanding forces, I have the qualities and skills to be in the pool. I paused for a few seconds, told to myself “I’m not good in doing marketing, no good in selling things, I don’t want to sell anything, I just want to practise my IT skills”, he was like convincing me really hard to accept his offer, and I replied with big NO! Even with that big NO he still giving me chances to reconsider his offer if things not in my favour in IT department. I’m so confident that I will get the IT job albeit the ‘negative’ attitude showed toward the Marcom guy. An hour later I already arrived at home, and to my amazement, mum told me that somebody from the Company called and ask me to report duty tomorrow. What? That soon? Are they trying to pull my leg? Me still in the state of pleasant shock, grabbed my mum’s hand and give her a deep tender kiss.
After five 'colourful' years serving to the Company, I’ve made a decision to move forward and go somewhere - to expand my horizon. This was my first job application and first interview since I joined the ex-Company more than 5 years ago. This time around……again I can see the bright twinkling stars above me. I got through the stringent interview and here I am in North Borneo, serving the other Company since end last year.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Kuching has a long history as a trading centre which, over the centuries has brought people from various countries to settle in the area. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Europeans and others have joined the many indigenous groups of the region to create a city which a rich and unique cultural heritage. Before the 19th century, Sarawak was a typical Malay principality under the control of the Sultan of Brunei. Sarawak was peaceful place. However, there were some tyrant officers (Sultan Representitives) from Brunei. Many Sarawakians were forced to pay high tax and local officers were sacked without any reason. These caused a large demonstration against the Brunei Empire.
James Brooke, a rich English Adventurer was asked by the Sultan of Brunei to stop the demonstration in Sarawak. The demonstrators were no match to James Brooke's yatch, the Royalist. As a sign of appreciation, the Sultan of Brunei appointed James Brooke as Governer of Sarawak. James Brooke requested British Navy assistance to protect his position. He then chased out all Sultan Brunei's officers from Sarawak. With anger, the Sultan of Brunei tried to stop James Brooke but Brooke attacked the Sultan first. The Sultan was forced to sign an agreement and Sarawak was fully handed over to Brooke. From then onwards, James Brooke became the first English Rajah of Sarawak. The arrival of James Brooke, who become the first English Rajah of Sarawak, marked the beginning of Kuching as an important administrative centre and consolidated its role as a port. His successor, Charles Brooke, 1868-1917, was responsible for many of the historic buildings still associated with the waterfront. Since 1963 when Sarawak became part of the Federation of Malaysia, Kuching has changed and developed into a flourishing modern city.
Merasalah copy paste katanya cerita pasal Kuching. Macam tak der idea nak menulis segala, tapi banyak foto yang nak dikongsi bersama. Background music marching segala tu semua dah tukar, memacam lagu dok experiment, last-last lagu si Hazami ni jugak jadi pilihan, tatau kenapa. Seminggu akhirnya di Kuching, sempat meronda segala, beli tikar Sarawak, yang ni special sikit sebab memang dibuat oleh orang Bidayuh, bukan yang diimpot dari Indonesia. Harga lebih mahal sikit, tapi puas hati dengan hasil kerja yang lebih halus, kemas, bersih dan kulit rotan 'sagak emas' yang licin bersinar. Nampak sesuai sangat letak kat dining hall, kena dengan deco yang dah sedia ada.
Semenjak meninggalakan Miri minggu lalu, tetiba rasa 'kerinduan' yang amat. Rindu dengan Miri, dan bukannya Johor Bahru atau Kuala Lumpur atau Jakarta mahupun Batam. Kenapa ek? Bukannya ada seseorang yang istimewa di Miri... tidak.... rindu pada 'bantal busuk', pada katil luas empuk, pada semua yang ada kat dalam rumah tu. Pelik kan? Sebab itulah aku bawa dan hangkut semua perabut dari Johor ke Miri ni, maka kuranglah rasa kerinduan pada so called kampung halaman. Bila dah masuk ke dalam rumah, dah tak terasa berada di mana-mana tempat asing, pelik tapi benar. Semenjak berpindah ke Miri ni, belum lagi menukar atau membeli perabut baru, belum nak tukar citarasa atau memang tak cukup ongkos......