Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Cerita Banjir

Where do I start with this posting about the recent seems eons ago that I write in this blog and I do want to continue writing just so to give the grey matter a nudge to be a bit active.  I voiced out my 'dilemma' to my editor sister and she had a great idea...hey why not you start  when we were children in the sixties and early seventies we just can't wait for the next round of flood to come???....hmmmm not a bad idea writing about that anticipation of  waking up in the morning to see brownish murky muddy water filling the compound of our house, it was like having a giant swimming pool for us to play in.  Big floods small floods are common in my life growing up as a child  having being raised in a house quite near  Sungai Kelantan.  Always my sisters and I had a whale of a time wading and splashing (but never learn how to swim!) in the flood water but then we were kids and we never understand why Mok and Ayoh were worried when the monsoon season rolled in.

This is hubby's narration in his own words....
It was Wednesday evening 24th December 2014 around 6 pm came out in my mind to go and see what is the actual condition of the water level of Kelantan river. I was so suprised to see  the water level had rose up higher than the Kampung Sungai Budur behind me. I was standing against the concrete wall which is part of the barricade built  to control flood from flooding the town of Kota Bharu. Some low areas in Kampung Sungai Budur were already flooded about a foot or more and I calculated that at this situation most of the area should have been flooded including the area where I am staying. I was informed by nearby folks there the water control gate will be opened that night to release the water  or else the concrete barricade will be destroyed due to the swift current.  I rushed  home with so many things jumbled up in my mind what should be prepared as for sure in another 4 hours  the water level will definitely rise up.   

The length of concrete wall holding fort against the rising water but at last have to give way to the already swollen river...we went to take a look at this concrete wall after the flood, most part had crumbled to the ground due to the force of the flood.

The control gate that had to be open to release the flood water that engulfed KB town on the night of Christmas

Water, water, water everywhere and it was deep on the side of the has become a waterway for motor boats, sampans on the deep side

somehow one perahu/sampan and a motor boat collided on the other side of our fence...the current was swift

The water level was still rising when I took this picture and creeped inside our foyer and lower kitchen

a neighbour parked his motor boat in the compound...kereta sudah tidak berguna lagi

this generator set was our saviour for a whole six days since electricity and water was cut off early on Christmas morning.  Husband bought this gen set when we moved in 2005 since we were always experiencing frequent black outs in our area.  I would say we were lucky as we were not using 'air kerajaan' but dig a well at the back of the house and uses an electric pump to bring up the supply of water.  So we had our normal supply of electricity  (for limited hours only though) and water when other flood victims had to live without during that period.  The problem  we faced was the constant supply of petrol for the generator set, husband had to go out wading in chest high water in search of a petrol station that was not flooded and how much can he carry home but for a couple of bottles at a time..but we sufficed.

Picture taken after the flood receded ...

the aftermath of the flood...rubbish of all sorts got stuck in the fence.

the aftermath at husband's younger brother's house...see the watermark level above his head..he was not home when the flood hits his area, only a few household things can be salvaged, he had moved few things up to the second floor earlier before leaving the house since the area where he stay was often badly hit by flood in the past years and like everybody else had not anticipate the recent flood was the mother of all floods that had hit Kelantan.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sharing this....



1. Spain has decided to recognise Palestine. And now France and Ireland have also done likewise. There is even a suggestion that the European Union would do the same.

2. It is all long overdue. If the Europeans care to think, it is they who started the terrorism in the Middle East. If they care to admit, all these violence, killings, wars etc started when the Europeans created the state of Israel by seizing Arab Palestine. Before that terrorism did not plague the Middle East and the rest of the world. Now there are irregular terrorists and state terrorists.

3. To the Europeans Israel can do no wrong. They can massacre the Arabs. That is acceptable. For three Israelis killed a thousand Arabs must pay with their lives. A hundred thousand will have their houses destroyed. And humanitarian aid cannot be given to the victims. The Europeans by saying or doing nothing virtually agreed that the punishment is right.

4. There was a Palestinian state before Israel was created and recognised. Then Israel decreed there is no such thing as a Palestinian state. The Europeans agreed. They acknowledged there is no
Palestinian State, only a Palestinian Authority. And the United Nations, the creation of the Europeans derecognised Palestine as a state. And the state just vanished. And the frustrated Arabs resorted to the primitive weapons they had. They tie themselves with bombs. But mostly they kill other Arabs.

5. In “retaliation” the Israelis killed them with bombs and rockets dropped from the skies. The Israeli strategy is to out terrorise the terrorists. States are allowed to terrify people. Their terrifying acts do not constitute terrorism. It is to restore law and order. The Israelis are only retaliating.

6. But who is retaliating against whom. The Arabs kill three. The state of Israel and its democratically elected Government announced that it would teach the Arabs a lesson. They killed thousands, destroyed cities. This is Israeli retaliation. But the Arabs killed three people because their own stone-throwing children have been arrested and some shot and killed for throwing stones against bullet-proof tanks. Unable to do anything more they retaliate by killing three Israelis.

7. And so violence escalated as anger and frustration mount among the Arabs caused now by more Israeli settlements in Jerusalem. And the Europeans declare that the Arab/Jew war is a religious war. It is a religious war because Jerusalem Arabs killed four Jews praying in a Synagogue. Israeli forces have killed the Arabs involved, destroyed their houses and those of their extended families. And more destruction is promised.

8. When a Jew fired a machine gun killing dozens of Arabs praying in a mosque, that was not an act to provoke a religious war. When Jews build illegal settlement on Arab land and in Jerusalem that is not provocation. The Jews will claim and their Europeans allies on both sides of the Atlantic will agree it is just retaliation. It is double standards of the most blatant kind.

9. Truly Europeans are in a state of denial. They refused to acknowledge that they started the “terrorism” in the Middle East which is now spreading throughout the world.

10. Their refusal to admit that it is their need to solve the Jewish problem in Europe is what prompted them to agree to the setting up of Israel on Palestinian land. They refuse to admit that their unmitigated backing for Israeli crimes is what forced the beleaguered Palestinian Arabs to resort to unconventional means to regain the land stolen from them.

11. They refuse to admit that their refusal to recognise the state of Palestine at the behest of the Israelis is what aggravated the frustration, the anger and the escalating violence.

12. The decision to recognise Palestine comes late. It is brave of Spain. And now France and Ireland. Can Europe recognise and admit its role in destabilising the Middle East, in promoting terrorism by unashamedly supporting everything that Israel does, including international crimes? Can the European link their de-recognition of Palestine with the violent reactions of the Arabs?

13. I hope the Europeans will read this. They normally don’t. They only read about themselves as seen by themselves.

14. Tell me. Are all the things that I say here fabricated lies? Is there not an iota of truth? You condemn censorship. But aren’t you censoring all the news that come to you from non-European sources? Aren’t you lying to yourselves about yourselves?

15. You are powerful. You are influential. But you prefer to delude yourselves into thinking you are right; you are innocent. And because you delude yourself you continue to bring death and destruction all over the world.

16. So don’t read what others say. Read only what you write about yourself and about the rest of the world. Your ignorance will result in your continuing to endanger the world with the unfairness and injustice of your policies and actions.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Good Earth

I was delighted when Al-Manar wrote a post about The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck a famous noble prize winner author in his blog recently and with his permission I am writing a bit about my copy of The Good Earth

 I commented as follows on his posting...

Pakcik...I am delighted to let you know that this same copy of The Good Earth was in our house and I was in my early teens when I read it in the early seventies. It must have belonged to one of my older brothers who were all educated in English School then in the fifties. Pearl S. Buck has been one of my favourite authors since then and now I owned several more of her books. I was in Kinokuniya KLCC in 2009 as usual browsing for more books to read when I came upon The Good Earth in a glass case, without hesitating I bought it at a cost of RM60.17 and to imagine that it only cost you RM1.80 in the fifties! I would like to share here what Pearl S. Buck wrote on a page of the book I bought..."I am always glad when any of my books can be put into an inexpensive edition, because I like to think that any people who might wish to read them can do so. Surely books ought to be within the reach of everybody"...

 Have a nice day Pakcik and you bring a smile to my face mentioning Pearl S. Buck :)
Sun Sep 28, 03:39:00 pm

Al Manar responded back as follows...


Take a picture of your RM60.17 book and put it side by side with my old RM 1.80 copy. You will write an interesting posting. Of course you have my permission to copy part of this posting. I said the same to puan Nhasobahseliman above. You both have a little interesting true story to post in your blog.

I wonder how that expensive book look like. I think I will tell my readers to order their copies from Pakcik! I will make 'private copies' of my old The Good Earth for about RM 10.00. After all my original copy is more than 60 years old, way past their copy right, I should imagine.

Living where I am I do not have access to good bookshops and book sales which are often held in KL. On the other hand I would be spending on books and books which are stored unread.

So I hope you will have a posting on the strange price of The Good Earth when the author has been long gone. Who benefits from that when it was the writer's wish to see her book in as many hands as possible at low price?
Sun Sep 28, 11:17:00 pm

This is a copy of Al-Manar's The Good Earth purchased on 13th March 1954 for $1.80! 

This is the edition that I bought in 2009 at a cost of RM60.17.  The price is kind of absurd but what choice do we have now when it comes to a good read.

Yes, it has been over 60 years when  the first edition of The Good Earth was published in 1931 and this is Pearl' second novel after East Wind, West Wind published in 1930, her first. It focuses on a Chinese woman, Kwei-lan, and the changes that she and her family undergo.  If I am not mistaken my elder sister bought this book in the seventies and like the original copy of The Good Earth it is nowhere to be found now. 

The Good Earth comes in a trilogy with Sons in the second volume and A House Divided in the third volume, both too cost me a bit of money but then I cannot have enough of Pearl S. Buck...

Postscript: Let it be known to anyone who reads this post and happen to know me personally and intend to borrow these books I am sorry I cannot fulfill that request...can't afford to lose more books which are not returned, if you are a book lover you will know what I mean....cheerio!

A link to Al-Manar's interesting posting on The Good Earth..


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Counting 'Wan' 10

My pride and joy at 20 months old can already count one to ten but for all the wrong reasons... his Ummi prompted him to say his whole name (Wan Ahmad Daiyan) and see what happened...

Friday, 27 June 2014

Field Trip to Hat Yai Songkla Part 2

Baru ada mood nak update blog and this is the second part of the field trip to Hat Yai Songkla dedicated to Teh and Sunah...

Just post pictures taken at the Klong Hae Floating Market...if I am not mistaken this market only operates on Sundays.  Ada info berkaitan dengan penjualan makanan di sini tapi sudah tak ingatlah...kalau tak silap semua jenis makanan ini dijual tidak melebihi RM3.00 duit kita. 

All sort of goodies sold here fresh from the boats...

Caught my attention ATMs there are placed outside banks on the stairs and also along the pavements, no tight security whatever ....apa gamaknya yang akan berlaku kalaulah ATM di negara kita di letak di tempat public macam di Hat Yai ni!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Bonding time with Cucu

Its been a while ....a few days in KB and a lot  of days in KL.  Been this way since early April but its worth it babysitting my only cucu and what else can a granny do just as she has done away with office life for her kid look after her kid...

Honestly I cannot find the right time to update this blog anymore because at the same time someone else has the same idea and would just push away my hands from the keyboard and pound it the way he likes it ...hahaha.  Ideas on what to write vanishes when this 19 month old decided his ideas is more worth following or else little shrieks will pierce the atmosphere and its back to ABC and nursery rhymes for this old timer...

Monday, 17 March 2014

Makanan Dok Jupo di KB

Gapo ni?  This question popped out of my mouth when a plate of this greenish squeamish look-alike alien eggs (it looked alien to me) was placed in front of me at an open air restaurant somewhere near the waterfront of Kota Kinabalu.  Later back at home while watching an episode of Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita and he was using exactly this alien eggs..oh now I know it is Sea Grapes, that's what Peter can be found along the shores of islands. The taste is of course salty. 

Another new one for me...fried bananas with cheese on top...sedap wohhh! 

Still another new dish...siput entah nama apa.  This one eaten at the famous Gayang Seafood Restaurant , memang tak ada di KB!  

Lokan besar-besar di Saluk..

Dibakar atas api...

Tadaa...ini dia lokan bakar

Puding kelapa dalam buah nyior...cedok-cedok khabar-khabar habis!  Yang ni blana di KB but not inside buah nyior lah...

That's it some of the rarely consumed food  while vacationing in Sabah.

meanwhile ....where is the plane, the plane...ingatkan cerita Fantasy Island!


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