Monday, 28 January 2013

Tengku Ahmad Irfan's Blog Site

This morning received an email from Irfan's mum who is my niece about a new blog site being set up by his dad for Irfan .  So to promote my grandnephew's blog site about his activities while in New York I had it linked to my blog and to anybody out there who had an inkling who is Tengku Ahmad Irfan please visit his blog site here.  The intention of putting up this blog site is to put out facts but to keep it simple.


The latest news of Irfan when he received both the 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and the 2012 Charlotte Bergen Award for his winning composition, 'String Quartet No. 1' at the ASCAP Foundation's 17th Annual Awards Ceremony on December 12, 2012.

 A bit about ASCAP Foundation..it was established in 1975 and is a publicly supported charitable organization dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs.   Jason Mraz, the popular singer  was honoured with the Champion Award in the same ceremony in recognition of his commitment to vital causes to make  a better world. 

ASCAP Foundation President, Paul Williams with Jason Mraz, The ASCAP Foundation Champion Award recipient. — at Jazz at Lincoln Center.








Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Happy 100 Days!


Tahun baru sudah masuk minggu ke-dua... hari demi hari berlalu namun ilham untuk menyusun ayat-ayat di blog ini terasa teramatlah susah.  Ok, the blog has been given a new facelift...dah jemu tengok template layout yang sudah outdated and to start the ball rolling or rather the blog rolling let's start with this one....

A Happy 100 Days is specially dedicated to Baby D....today you are a 100 days old..Alhamdulillah!  Sitti (Baby D will call me with that title :)) has been meaning to do a little write-up about Baby D and it seems appropriate to do it  today and Sitti will overcome this 'malasness' of blogging and get this published...yeay.
Baby D finally made an entrance into the human world on the 2nd October 2012 after giving Ummi (your mum Baby D!) a very tiring labour of almost two days.  The doctors called Ummi's pregnancy as a 'precious pregnancy' because after only 6 years of marriage you are conceived.  Sitti still remember the night in late January 2012 when Ummi sobbing excitedly over the phone delivered the happy news we have been waiting for so long is now realised.

So, when you were born Sitti was not there to  be with Ummi to give her some comfort and  to greet and hold (while staring in wonder at you) in my arms, my very first grandson.  Sitti and TokBah were in Makkah to perform the haj...but only Allah knows how Sitti felt at that time waiting anxiously and praying Ummi will not have any complications in the labour room.  At one point Sitti felt if it is possible to just fly home and be with Ummi but TokTeh (bless her) knocked some sense into Sitti with a message...'hey you are in the most coveted place in the world right now....sujud dan doa di depan Kaabah tu dan minta selamat semua'.  

Alhamdulillah you were born normally all 3.67 kg of you, even though the doctors had to use the vacuum method (tu yang kepala nampak lonjong sikit) but Ummi lost some amount of blood and later needed 2 bottles of  blood transfusion to make her stable again.  Ummi said your voice is the loudest crying among the other babies in the hospital room (there are 3 other babies) and you are impatient and cries when Ummi's flow of  breastmilk runs slow.  Sitti dapat dengar jugak suara tangisan Baby D walaupun di Makkah sebab Sitti made a special request to Ummi to telephone when you cry...tak nampak rupa dengar suara tangisan pun jadilah.
Look at you Baby D... you have learn to babble (a lot), suck your chubby finger (you look cute doing that).
Your favourite position to sleep..mula-mula Sitti bimbang tengok Ummi letak Baby D tidur posisi macam ni tapi ummi cakap tak apa Baby D pandai alih kepala dengan sendiri ke kiri ke kanan semasa tidur, ini semasa dalam pantang lagi.

Baby D....even though Sitti cannot see nor follow your progress of growing up everyday because Sitti and TokBah lives far away from you, you will always have a special place in our hearts.  TokBah hari-hari sebut nak pergi KL jenguk Baby D tapi tunggulah Sitti pencen tak lama lagi nanti boleh takeover daripada Nenek jaga Baby D :).  Sitti doa agar Baby D diberi kesihatan sepanjang masa, grow up to be a fine and responsible young man to your Ummi and Abiy...In Shaa Allah.





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