Marhaban ya Ramadhan 1435

Sempena bulan Ramadhan 1435 hijrah saya ucapkan, “Selamat Berpuasa” kepada sekalian muslimin dan muslimat semoga kita sama-sama dapat menghayati dan mendapatkan munafaat sepenuhnya dari penghulu segala bulan ini.  Amin ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

Disyurkan agar kita dapat memperbanyakkan ibadah pada bulan yang mulia ini.  Jika sekiranya kita tidak dapat membuat yang sedemikian maka ketahuilah bahawa Nabi Muhammad s.a.w. telah bersabda, “Iklaskan ugama mu nescaya yang sedikit itu memadai bagi kamu.”  Allah Ta’ala tidak memandang pada rupa, harta-benda yang kita miliki, yang dipandangNya ialah hati kita.  “Hasad dengki akan memakan amalan sebagaimana api memakan kayu yang kering,” lebih kurang yang saya ingat tapi inilah patinya pada sebuah hadith yang lain.

Semoga kembali fitrah.

Street Photography: Johor Bahru

Here are some photos taken along the busy Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.  There are a few budget hotels here and cook food are within easy reach.  For fast food just head for Johor Bahru City Square, that’s the mall on the right side of the pic of the woman in black and the top pic on the right column.

Sabah – My First Time

Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu

Till now I really don’t know what is the meaning of it when it says, “Sabah, the land below the wind.”  What they meant by that?  I just have no clue and I have yet to ask.

Sabah is one of the places to go for those who love beaches, snorkeling and diving. There are many to choose from, just take your pick.  Besides, there’s the culture of the people living there.  As for me, I’m more on the wildlife side, especially the birds.  I want to photograph as many species as I could and to cover as many areas as possible in a short period of time.  Since I have yet to set my feet on Sabah, the initial trip will be just a recce trip, a getting familiar trip and I did that just recently.

I visited the state of Sabah, Malaysia for the very first time last two weeks ago.  The experience really made me more aware and conscious of what Sabah had to offer, especially to visitors.  The irony was that I had already knew roughly what was on the plate, but it was just like in the back of my mind.  Obviously it did not get any serious attention from me.  Not anymore,  I had been enlightened.

I spent five days visiting places that were near to Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah where I stayed for the whole duration of my trip.  Initially I had intended to make use of the public transport, it’s cheaper, but then it would take more time to travel far and wide.  So I rented a car for three days and visited Kota Belud, Kinabalu Park and on the third day drove from Kota Kinabalu to Tenom via Keningau.  I then made a round trip back from Tenom to Kota Kinabalu via Sipitang and Beaufort.  The trips to Kinabalu Park and Tenom were very exciting as the roads were paved on the crafted hill and mountain slopes.  It went up and down, twist and turn, seemingly endless.  But, I must say that I really enjoyed it very much.

Homeless pups

Homeless puppies outside Tune Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

Igret shot at Sabah Waterfront

Egret shot at Sabah Waterfront

Filipino Market during day time

Filipino Market during day time

This is why there's coconut trees by the beach

This is why there are coconut trees lining many beaches. Tanjung Aru Beach

Lone windsurfer at Tanjung Aru Beach

Lone windsurfer at Tanjung Aru Beach

The town of Kota Belud

The town of Kota Belud

Delivery in Kota Belud

Delivery in Kota Belud

Workmen at work installing awning for a shop in Kota Belud

Workmen at work installing awning for a shop in Kota Belud

Kinabalu Park.  There are a few lodges here

Kinabalu Park. There are a few lodges here

One of the upper streams of Silau Silau River at Kinabalu Park

One of the upper streams of Silau Silau River at Kinabalu Park

While waiting for late afternoon for the birds this happened so before leaving I made this product shot of my ride

While waiting for the birds at late afternoon then this happened, so before leaving Kinabalu Park, made this product shot of my ride

I just love driving here

I just love driving here

Scene along the highland route

The scene along the highland route

Scene along the lowland route

Scene along the lowland route

Believe me there was an egret next to it doing the same thing and same pose.  But the camera was in the bag and I had to turn around

Believe me there was an egret next to this bull doing the same thing and same pose but the camera was in the bag and I had to turn around and so this is half of the loaf

Tenom town near the railway station

Tenom town near the railway station

Pass through Sipitang on the way to Beaufort

Pass through Sipitang on the way to Beaufort

Seaside foodstalls in Sipitang

Seaside food stalls in Sipitang

Wooden shophouses in Beaufort

Wooden shophouses in Beaufort

 

Note:

I like the car rental company.  The original car that I rented was a small Perodua Viva, only that the air-conditioner was not cold enough but I didn’t mind.  Then it rained and with the windows closed, the windscreen turned opaque due to condensation.  I asked for a replacement and they duly replaced it with a better car at no additional cost.

GreenMatrix Car Rental

For Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, contact this number: 012 921 4242

 

Apa Yang Ku Cari

Sudah lama aku mencarinya, mungkin aku tidak begitu serius serta tidak pula aku tahu namanya, hasilnya tiada aku ketemukannya. Ianya antara beberapa dari gulungan sejenisnya yang membuat aku sayu. Kadangkala bila aku teringat akan nya akan aku sebut-sebut sebahagian dari isinya yang aku tahu di dalam benakku dengan rasa penuh kesayuan. Bila aku sedang melayari Internet dan teringat akannya aku meluangkan masa buat ‘searching’ untuk mencarinya dengan apa-apa yang aku ingat dari isinya. Namum tidak pula aku menemuinya.

Pada malam tadi aku telah menjumpai satu kumpulan yang agak besar yang mana aku rasa pasti ia ada di dalamnya. Aku kuatkan semagatku, satu persatu aku leraikan. Semagatku makin melemah kerana sudah lebih tiga suku aku ketepikan. Aku teruskan juga mencari yang aku inginkan. Alhamdulillah akhirnya usahaku untuk mencarinya berhasil. Baru aku tahu yang antara sebahagian isinya yang aku ingat adalah tidak betul. Patutlah ‘seraching’ku tidak berhasil.

Inilah dia yang selama ini aku mencari, Kasih Nan Abadi.

Alfatihah.

Printershelf

Printer shelf

The Ikea rack is good and neat for stacking printers if you have a few of them.  The only problem is that the planks are made from chipboard.  In high humidity climes this does not bode well.  I made a mistake replacing the damaged planks with planks of the same kind.  Apparently it did not took long for the tell-tale signs to appear again.

Humidity

It has not rain for quite a while and this is the humidity reading

Since I had done with the computer table and still in the mood, I decided to give the rack a makeover.  I bought a 3′ x 4′ plywood which was about 10mm thick and made a small cabinet replacing the top shelf for storing the papers and inks.  With the leftover of the plywood, I managed to replace the planks of two shelfs except for one as I did not have a sizeable plywood left for it.  As with the computer table it was a quick one as I did not prime it with skins or lacquer and wood dye. I just went for the raw look.

Hub & Power

A single USB extended into a hub and the power point extension…and no it’s not a pincushion distortion of the lens, it’s the real bending of the chipboard plank

There is space on the lower shelf for a larger cabinet but I don’t have the need for the storing space at the moment though I will do it if the materials happen to be available freely.

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