Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Honestly I am looking forward for the Raya break. Been quite awhile since I last went back and enjoy Taiping as it is supposed to be enjoyed. Sure I went back last week to pick up mum (since she wants to bake some cookies at my home) and also during the recent flood, but it was just a tad too short for me to enjoy Taiping and its ambience.
My former primary school classmates are supposed to have a reunion of sort on Raya day. Zaki is contacting the other classmates and we are also planning to visit our dear Ustaz Adnan who taught us in Std 5 and 6 in King Edward.
I am looking forward to seeing friends I have not seen since 1975.
But at the same time, with the recent spate of arrest under ISA, it reminds me that for some reasons the power-that-be prefer to show their power and arrest many during the fasting month. The arrest of a former minister under Tengku is a case to point, and I guess RPK arrest and incarceration has to be done during Ramadhan.
How about the many others who have been in there for the past of 7 years? It is so cruel. How about one who returned only after his daughter was burried? Or one who had never bought his children any baju raya for the past 7 years. Read it here.
The Kem Tahanan ISA is in Kamunting, say half an hour from Taiping. When my in-laws were still living in Batu Kurau, we would pass it everytime on the way there. Of course we would not bat an eye lid then.
So let's all go back and Raya in Kamunting, what say you?
After all, gasoline has been reduced by RM0.10 cents. I would save at least RM7.00 if I were to fill up my tank to go back to Taiping.
Wow! Thank you Pak Lah.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I have to say that I am proud to have Arif and Akmal playing their roles in interpreting the classic Merdeka song, Bahtera Merdeka, and yes, I am equally proud to hear these students attempting to create a school orchestra on their own, and be able to perform during a Merdeka celebration.
Nevermind the sound, the out of pitch or out of key notes, with less than a month of practice, the students of Sekolah Menengah Bandar Tun Hussein Onn 2 managed to stand out with their performance.
Mind you, it was Arif on the violin and Akmal on acoustic guitar. While you can clearly see Arif and his violin, you can barely see Akmal as he was sitting immediately in front of the conductor.
I have to say I like the violin intro by Arif. I am sure without your guitar Akmal, the arrangement would not work either.
How about this one then - Warisan? A Sudirman's song. You can go here too.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
I miss Rumah Kedai this Ramadhan.
Rumah Kedai has always been my favourite Ramadhan drama of yesteryears. It was typically broadcasted around 5.30 pm daily on TV3. I would always be waiting for this family drama during those years in Dungun in the late 80s and early 90s.
It is about Pak Halim and his family. He runs a grocery store and lived on the floor above his shop and hence the title Rumah Kedai. He had two assistants Remy (Harun salim Bachik)and Tapa (Sudiro Sukirman) and their antics are typically hilarious. To me the way Pak Halim handled his family is exemplary. He is soft spoken and cool in every situation and would always come up with solutions that would satisfy everybody.
He is not pretentious though, and not preachy.
He had two daughters, one was Khatijah Tan (forgot her character) and another one a reasonably cute daughter Anis who is a nurse. For some reasons, she seems to have disappeared from the industry.
I do hope TV3 would re-run the series each Ramadhan. BTW Alfatihah to Pak Halim.