Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Al-Manar...You will be Remembered!

It has been a month since blogger Tuan Haji Hassan @ Al-Manar or as he referred himself as Pakcik left us forever on 8 Syaaban 1437 / 15 May 2016.  I knew of his  demise through his blog AL-MANAR on 19 May 2016 when his children were kind enough to let us know this sad news, it shocked and saddened me in a such a way I believed  his other blogger friends  might have felt.  

I may have not known him personally in reality but he was real enough to me when he kindly left comments on some of my meager  postings.  I was already reading his blog as a silent reader when he left his first comment on my post Al-Hikmah.  It was a surprise and an honour to me to have a blogger like him who really superseded me in this blogging arena commenting on my posting.  It was a year ago when he ceased to update his blog and a note from his children was posted on the 1st day of Ramadhan last year that Pakcik was unwell....ironically his last posting was lamenting on a number of fellow bloggers disappearing from the scene and whether he should call it a day too, I missed these bloggers too and I think these bloggers know who they are...

copy paste from Pakcik's last posting...
 Personal note ( to my visitors):
My last posting was dated 25th January which is one whole month ago. It is not for short of subjects to write. The increasing number of fellow bloggers disappearing from the scene prompts me to think whether I should call it a day as well. Some have stopped writing altogether and some have moved to the more fashionable fb, wtup etc, No, this one month, however, prompts Pakcik to stay on. There are still a few readers who care to call over and leave comments, for whom I am grateful. Above all I had my reasons for starting this blog  almost ten years ago. And those reasons are still equally valid today. 

Pakcik Al-Manar was indeed an honourable man (berhati mulia) retiring after 30 years of working life in Kuala Lumpur decided to go back to his homeland Kuala Terengganu and started Almanar tuition centre for the less privileged children  within his community teaching English and Mathematics if I am not mistaken...and his motto "Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan" was aptly named..

I will always remember the date 15 May every year as it also coincide with my elder sister's birthday  who is a cancer survivor.  She is 62 years old this year and had survived Multiple Myeloma a serious type of blood cancer since 2009.  She was on the brink of death and had to go through harsh treatments of chemotherapy which left her a shadow of her robust self...and 15 May too was Nakba day for the Palestinians...

May Allah reward Pakcik Haji Hassan with Jannah for all his deeds on this earth and more..Al-Fatihah..

Friday, 5 February 2016

bilo cucu balik kkapung...

Happiness is .... when cucu comes a visiting for a few days and make himself helpful around the house...

vacuuming...helpful but more in the way to getting the job done

 helping Tokbah clean the compound...



and have a bit of fun/exercise...Sitty misses you Daiyan...

Saturday, 31 October 2015

my not so bizzare puding roti + apung

Leftovers days old bread and weeks old 'apung' or 'apam' (colourful steam kind of spongy cake) resulted into this not so bizzare bread pudding....

 colourful apung/apam

watched on Unique Eats, there was this chef somewhere in USA mixed pound cake and glaze donuts and made it into this kind of pudding, it was a hit with his customers...

before baking...
after baking...crunchy on the top

needs a lazy person such as yours truly to dish out this kind of instant pudding, just  whisked 4 small eggs with whatever amount of sweetness you desire of those sweet thick creamer, some leftover milk, vanilla bean plus a dash of vanilla essence, tear in bits the bread and the apung (it was an afterthought to add in the apung by the way..rather than left it in the fridge uneaten) into the custard sauce, add in some chopped  macadamia nuts and plump black raisins lastly topped the mixture with bits of butter...bake in oven at 190 deg. celcius for about 50 minutes and enjoy the result..

Thursday, 27 August 2015

shedap naik eloplane ke?

Amidst our family still in mourning over the passing of my elder sister last Friday morning 21 August 2015 who at last succumbed to her  diabetic woes which triggered to the failure of both her kidneys and heart over the past three months, we still have our ray of sunshine ....


Ahmad Daiyan came home with his Ummi for the funeral on the Friday morning and enjoying his plane ride back to KL on Sunday..

Monday, 10 August 2015

bila cucu masuk hospital

Cerita lama yang berlaku sebelum bulan puasa lagi...AD was warded for a few days due to a minor complications of a lasting cough and phlegm problem, selera makan pun berkurangan...budak kecik kan mana reti nok kehek kahak...kesian dia gruk grak gruk grak bunyi kahak dalam dada dan bernafas pun tersekat-sekat.

Just for Sitty's record, Sitty is blogging about AD's experience while warded.  Doktor kata kena warded sebab nak pantau bagi antibiotik dengan serius untuk dua tiga hari.  Mula-mula masuk AD mitok nok balik..ummi cakap dgn AD mitok dgn doktor sendiri kalu nok balik, so AD mitok sendiri dengan doktor.  So AD cakap sendiri dgn doktor masa doktor masuk bilik bagi rawatan. Walau pun baru berumur 2 tahun lebih sikit dia petah bercakap dan langsung tidak taelo (oghe kelate sebut gitu lah)... 

AD  :  Daiyan nak balik...
Doktor : Tak boleh!  
senyap ssitu..

Ummi beritahu bila sampai masa boleh balik berguling-guling menangis tak nak balik...suka duk spital lah pulok!

a forlorn small boy looking out the window to pass the time...boringkan AD?

mainan kereta wajib ada sebagai teman..

Letih...lepas makan ubat

sudah pandai guna inhaler untuk bernafas...

Kak Zara dan Adik Zaim, cousins AD datang teman bermain..hilang sikit boring tu

back to his mischievious self...

ok..bye bye Wad Sang Kancil..Alhamdulillah AD sudah boleh pulang ke rumah.  Daiyan tertidur masa nak balik kalau Daiyan tak tidur mesti Daiyan buat brona lagi xsey balik...

Oh ini sebabnya buat Daiyan xsey balik...suko main gelongsor ni.  Boleh buat saim baru sama umur, tiru kkecek kawe tu lagi hehe..


Thursday, 11 June 2015

tokbah jahit eyelet curtain

Satu lagi posting terperap dalam draf...macam biasa upload gambar dulu dan dibiarkan jadi jeruk buat seberapa lama. Looking back at my blog archive  I only managed to come out with only a posting a month..well...not bad for a blogger who never give a thought when the sun rises and sets what topic should she blog about every day...hmmm.

Ok back to this business of sharing the method how to produce the 'holes' in an eyelet curtain.  I am not familiar with the term eyelet curtains so here what it says after searching what it means via Mr. Google...Eyelet curtains are a clean, elegant contemporary look, producing fluted columns of fabric that show off prints to perfection and give a lovely sculptured look to plain fabrics. The flat 'head' (top edge) of these curtains means that they slack back really effectively off the window without taking up too much room.  

I mentioned 'holes' in the curtain because that is what this posting is all about, sewing the whole six panels of the curtain is no big deal to the scissors not trigger handling happy looking man in the picture below but to make the perfect round holes is a big deal to him.  Of course I am of no help at all in this sewing business...never good at handling scissors thread and needles and of course the sewing machine ...leave it all to the man of the house, he sewed all the curtains in the house (yang ada loop tu) and other DIY odd jobs around the house, he is the one my siblings/ex-bosses/family friends called upon  for  help in minor maintenance work around the house and aptly my sisters referred to him as our own MacGyver..hahaha.  Whenever we travel to KL to visit our daughter be sure to spare a quarter of the space in the car boot for his tool boxes, one might never know something needs fixing around her house too.

Upon the desperate need of our eldest daughter and like any good Abah when it is possible, never to turn down his children's request.    Dini always has faith in her Abah especially when it comes to sewing curtains of course.  She dragged us to the newly opened Jakel Mall to buy the materials...yang si Abah ni ingat boleh saja jahit curtain yang simple-simple, rupa-rupanya nak yang design eyelet ni.  Curtain ini for main sliding door at her new house in Subang lepas raya puasa ini berpindah ke situ. Berjam-jam tunggu demo duo oghe tu duk tanya salesgirl and tengok samples curtains di Jakel macam mana nok jahit curtain jenis eyelet.

One might asked why not seek Mr. Google on how the rest of  the world make the 'holes'... as I was not involved in this sewing scheme, I particularly do not pay enough attention to what he is doing..he never even trust me to help iron the material thus it did not cross my mind to help search this hole making business on you tube.

None of the tailoring shops specializing in sewing curtains in town agreed to help cut the holes on  readymade curtains and all of them told him it is DIY our DIY man here had to put on his thinking cap how to cut perfect holes.  Fikir punya fikir...this is the first sample he did by cutting rough frayed circles and being always a detailed person on how his work is always done (he was a site technician involving construction projects and was always a pain in the neck for main and sub-contractors for demanding good quality work in the projects, there was a case of a main contractor asking him to quit his job and if he did the contractor would slaughter a kambing...hahaha!).  He told me it is not wrong to demand for good quality clean work tapi kan banyak kontraktor ni suka cincai cincai punya kerja...asal siap bangunan within contracted time...kalau runtuh tu lain punya hal lah...kerja bukan dengan iman begini jadinya.

At last he came up with the idea of drawing the circles on the material and sewed it first before cutting around the circles...I had a look at a video on you tube where the lady drew a circle too on the material and immediately paste the grommet casing around it

Tadaaaa...siap homemade eyelet curtain!

the man at work....

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