Sunday, April 29, 2012

Muar, the pensioner's town

                                            Muar Town in the Foreground

On the friday of 20 April 2012, I drove to Muar, leaving my house at 3.00 pm in the midst of the falling rain, hoping to reach the town before the Asar prayer time ends. Luckily the rain stopped by the time I reach the Nilai interchange on the North-South highway and I stopped for a short break at the Pedas-Linggi lay-by. I was hoping to meet up with my sister who was in another car which left Ampang Indah at around 3.30 pm somewhere along the rest area before the Tangkak exit, but since she was late due to the heavy rain, I took off straight to Muar trying to locate the hotel where we would be staying.
               Nasimah and Haniff were with me in the car as we cruise down the highway to Muar because we were to attend the wedding reception of my niece at Parit Punggur the next day 21 April 2012. Since I have not been to Muar since my last visit in 1999, I was not too sure whether I can find my way to the hotel. Fortunately a kind soul whom I met when I stopped at a Petrol station to ask for directions to the hotel willingly showed me the way and I followed him as he guided me on his motor-cycle. He refused to take a tip which I gave him and I am glad that the good old values still remain in this town which is dubbed by some as the Pensioner's town. By and large, Muar is quite a busy town and there still many old buildings apart from the new shopping complexes that defied its reputation.
  By 6.30 pm, my sister and all the others arrived at the hotel and we were glad that a last minute change of hotels was a right decision because the hotel is quite new as compared to the one booked earlier. The hotel where we stayed is right in the town centre on Jalan Ali. At night all of us went for dinner at a restaurant in Tanjong Emas, by the Muar river. The next day started with a morning rain and it stopped by about 10.00 am. It was a good thing as it cooled the otherwise hot weather. It was my first time attending a wedding in Muar and we spent an enjoyable day before departing at 3.30 pm heading for Seremban where I spent the night at my other sister's house in Taman Seri Telawi in Paroi.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Swans on the Lough in Cork last Summer.

White pure and simple

Graceful and serene on lake

Floating and pretty

The sight of the graceful swans on the Lough in Cork was a soothing and balming experience. The people treasure such natural sorroundings and a thing of beauty is a joy forever. Alhamdulillah.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wonder Star

                                           A Starry sky at night
                                           ( Image from google pictures)

On a starry night

I look up high in wonder

Of Allah's Greatness

I recall  the nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle little star" and  wondered what "you" are. Then I could not relate that it is one of the wonders that Allah create as part of the Universe for the benefit of Mankind.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


                                             Muhammad Zariff Shah b.Husni Ariff Shah      

Being creation

A gift of God Almighty

A Divine Blessing

Muhammad Zariff Shah was born 08 January 2012 at 4.59 p.m.  and with the Blessings of Allah S.W.T. he is now healthy and well although he had to be warded in the early stages for sometime owing to his g6pd condition, where there is a defiency of a certain enzyme in the blood. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Alive and Healthy

Life goes on daily

To Allah I owe everything

Alive and healthy

Every morning when I wake up I am reminded that my life is in Allah's hand and it is only a trust to me to take care of it. Never take it for granted.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Nostalgia in Benteng 7 Lapis

                                         Ceremony at Benteng 7 Lapis

The ceremony

One has to be coherent

To be remembered

The handing over of Tuanku Tambusai's potrait by Ibu Yurikawati from the Rokan Hulu office for Culture and Tourism during my visit to Dalu Dalu in 2008. It was a nostalgic welcome by our hosts to our group comprising of descendants of Tuanku Tambusai. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Strength of Prayer

                                                  Invocation after prayer.

After a prayer

Recite an invocation

All is possible

As a Believer, a supplication to Allah Almighty after every daily prayer strengthens the Faith to face every trial and tribulation in life.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Summer of '79

                                             The Old Main in June

State College in Summer

Ramadhan a long fast

Only faith will last

My family was with me in State College when I was at Penn State. A very dear friend, Mr. Summers shall be in our fond memory forever.

Sunday, April 08, 2012


                                           The Titanic was here 100 years ago

On a moonlit night

Standing alone on seashore

Yearning of bygone days