Monday, 22 November 2004

Back in the Mud Valley

Yes, I'm back in KL. The journey that took about 8 hours from JB to KL. And NO, it's not the heavy traffic that give the additional 5 hours to the normal 3 hours KL-JB route. Instead, I take my time and visit my uncles and aunties that I didn't manage to visit earlier.

My first stop right after I left the house is to my aunt's house in Bandar Baru Uda. The house is rather quiet this year. It's the first year Mak Normah and my cousin Ella celebrating Aidilfitri without my Uncle around. Pak Mahmor (refer to my July entry)passed away earlier in July. He was having heart problems and passed away in the ambulance while they were tranferring him from JB to Batu Pahat.

I then drove all the way to Segamat. The hometown of my mom. The place where the huge family of Tuan Hj Othman is proud to be. My first stop in Segamat was my friend's house in Kg Pauh. He's been waiting all day for me to arrive alright (sorry Epit, aku sengaja meleceh-leceh nak balik KL) Epit is my travel companion for this Raya Trip. We drove back together. Drop him at his parent's house as I continue my journey back to JB. Now, doing the opposite, I have to pick him up on my way back to KL. It's part of the deal.

As Epit join me, we then continue visiting my uncles in Segamat. As we start visiting the houses, it was already after Maghrib. We went to my uncle's house in Kg Gubah, where my only Pak Bakar and my cousin, Kak Ri was around and had a light dinner there. (Kak Ri insisted for us to have dinner first)

Then we went to visit another uncle of mine which is just a few blocks away after crossing my late grandfather's house. Pak Ali, Mak Milah with my cousin Kak Fizah and her childrens. It was a short visit there as the time is almost 10pm and we still have a long journey ahead.

Usually, the visit to all the relatives in Segamat will be done on third day of Hari Raya. Unfortunately for me, this year, I'm not able to join my parent and my brother's family in this annual Convoy as I had problems with my car. (Saja la tu.. nak merajuk time-time raya ni). To avoid feeling guilty and regrets later, I make a point that no matter what time it is, I'll definitely visit them on my way back to KL.

So, the journey was a smooth one. Not a single problem occur and I reach KL around 1 am.

With that, it's official that I'm back in KL and my Hari Raya entry will be up as soon as I got a few pictures uploaded. (Still need a few things to get that done)


p.s Hari Raya is always about family, about your loved ones, and about remembering who we are. Isn't it?

Friday, 19 November 2004

Put This to A Test

I read this on Sleeksexycat's Lair and found it rather interesting to know what sort of blogger I am. Here's the result...

You Are a Pundit Blogger!

Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read.
Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few

OK.. Hold it. Run to the nearest toilet and puke!. Hahahaha...

What's yours?? I wonder.

Oh.. By the way Sleek. Your result is true. You have that quality on your blog.

Sunday, 14 November 2004

Minal Eid Wal Fa'izzin

It's always been a victory celebration. That's what Aidilfitri is all about. Celebrating the victory after a month of countering hunger and other desires. Achieving to do all that should makes us more humble than before.

After 12 hours of road trip, I'm now back in JB. You might wonder why it took 12 hours from KL to JB. Well, it has been like that for me for the past 3 or 4 years of Raya. I will always take my own sweet time to drive back to JB by using the kampung roads once I entered Johore. This time, the route would be through Tangkak, Segamat, Labis up till Yong Peng (coincidently, this is the road that lies beside the famous Gunung Ledang), before I hit back using PLUS highway.

What's great about going through this routes? Enjoying the late night breeze while watching each and every kampung house lit with colorful lights and surrounded by well-lit pelita. Things that you would not see everyday especially when you're living in big towns.

I guess this year's Raya is not a great one for me. I'm not eager or even prepared for Hari Raya this year. Don't ask me about my Raya mood. It's not even near to having one.

But, as I drove along the kampung roads, watching the well-lit houses, some with kids playing 'bunga api' around the compound. Some with a few cars arriving to the house, indicating that their children just arrived home from the big towns. It comes back to my senses what Hari Raya is all about.

It's not about new clothes. It's not about how much you can spend. It's not even about all the food you can have and eat. But, it's about spending quality time with all the people that matters to you. People who you consider as family. People who are significant to you life.

As for this, I would like to wish all of you EID AL-MUBARAK.. MINAL EID WAL FA'IZZIN. Thank you for being around in my life and being more than just another friend.

Those of you who knows me long before this blog. I'm honored to have friends like you.

Those of you who just got ot know me. It's also an honor to have additional people like you in my life. Hope we could get to know each other better.

Those of you who will be Celebrating Hari Raya in JB. You're invited to my home in Taman Tasek JB. The door is all open for all of you.

SELAMAT HARI RAYA everybody.. FORGIVE ME for all the things I've done to hurt any of you. It was unintentional...



Here's a thought. This year's Aidilfitri would be a mark of history to some of us..

1. This would be the first Aidilfitri for a few of us with their new born baby.

2. This would be the first Aidilfitri for some away from the family.

3. This would be the last Aidilfitri for a few others as a bachelor.

Hope you'll remember this Aidilfitri as a mark of your history..


Friday, 5 November 2004

The Love, The Hope and The Reality

"I never knew I had a dream
Until that dream was you"

I'm exposed to all kinds of music since I was a kid. Introduced mostly by my large but close circle of my relatives. Most of my cousins are much older than me. It's from them that I learn to know about The Beatles, Queen, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, to the pop and new wave acts like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Wham and Simply Red.

One of the band that got my attention is Bon Jovi. The first song that got me hooked with Bon Jovi is 'Living On A Prayer' and unlike some other bands that fades away the longer they are in the music business, this band still facinates me with their songs.

As I walk through their past works, I realise one fact about Bon Jovi. All songs are closely related to your normal everyday life. Their singles is all about the realities of life, about love and about hope.

As bad as the realities sound in most of their songs, they will always counter back with a few more songs of good love and and of hope. Simply said, no matter how bad the realities treat you, you should always hold on to your love and hope.

Just listen to a few of their singles from the past album such as 'These Days', 'I Believe', 'Living on A Prayer' to the latest few such as 'It's my life' and 'Everyday', you'll see that all these songs are much related to the 3 elements I mentioned above.

I guess Jon Bon Jovi and the rest of the members (Ritchie Sambora, Tico Torres and David Bryan) are pretty much down-to-earth people who can relate peoples' lives to thiers.

Maybe with that attitude got them together as band for more than 20 years, no matter how popular one member can be as individuals. Even with their own solo projects in hand, they are still together as a band.

Here's a good example of a great band. I wish to see more bands acting in such a way.. especially in Malaysia.

It has been an exhausting few weeks on personal matters to many of us isn't it? Just sit back and think of good things for once. Shall we? Enjoy the video.

"Goodbye to all those rainy nights.. They're gone
Goodbye, so long, I'm moving on"