Sarawak..

I set foot in Kuching and for that matter, the state of Sarawak for the first time last week.

The following day from the hotel by the Riverfront,  my spouse and i and our daughter drove up to  Sematan to meet an old close friend, a cafe owner and an auto component designer turned chef.

Driving a rented car i had the opportunity to get in touch with the much touted highway project that would stretch from Sabah to Sarawak toll free.

The Pan Borneo Highway is still very much under construction. You wouldn’t know where and when there would be a detour to the parallel lane.

Surely it is still not safe to drive especially when it is dark.

It took us more than 2 hours of driving to reach the destination that is just about slightly more then a 100 km away.

I met Shahbudin after a lapse of about 9 years at his cafe the ‘D’Dangao Cafe & Restaurant’ in Kg Sebat.

Aahh.. he cooked us lunch and while enjoying his speciality menus we chatted about both the good and the not so good of the old times spend and endured together.

Later with his wife and daughter, he guided us around and also to a spot where the Pan Borneo Highway  zero kilometre mark count begins in Telok Melàno.

As i do not have the luxury of time we bid farewell after a short visit to the scenic and peacefull town of Sematan.

Some hours later the news broke around among the circles of his social media.

Another former colleague who hails from Kuching rang me while we were enjoying seafood in Kampung Muara Tebas. She wants to meet up.

I met Su at some points along the Riverfront within a walking distance from the hotel.

We had coffee and we chatted for hours of the days we were with the company and also about her present job which she said is a far cry from the automotive manufacturing industry that both of us have left for good.

Meeting both Shabudin and Su was the main highlight of my first visit to Sarawak.

I do hope and pray that they would continue to be successful and be blessed.

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” — Anais Nin

Well.. folks, this blog is alive again.

Be grateful, be good and be happy.. ya.

In Loving Memory of Maktam.

Time really flies.. ya.

During the month of March, the narrative of how time flew over us is the most common subject among the family members and friends in their conversations in anticipation that Ramadan is soon approaching.

I guess i was a bit obsessed and got carried away by the life events that took place in my own small world that some of it has really emerged in reality in the shared world..

Making a long story short, after the trip to Sungkai, the whole family at home were infected with Covid-19. We did self quarantine and were calmed then as we have all taken the booster dose and knew what to expect and its remedy. And this blog felt posting the pictures from Sungkai trip has become irrelevant.

Alhamdulillah with the mercy and grants fom Allah swt we recovered well and regained our normal mood and health again. And today Ramadan have really passed us all.

Since we are stilll in the month of Syawal i guess it is still not too late for me to extend my greetings to you the readers of this humble blog a happy Eid al-Fitr or Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

In the evening of the first day of Aidil Fitri, my younger sister-in-law whom the family addressed as Maktam was taken to the Hospital in Tanjung Karang by her husband after an excessive vomiting and breathing difficulty at her family home in Kuala Selangor. Later the hospital confirmed that she had a heart attacked and need to be transfered to another hospital where there would have the necessary facilities and specialist doctors.

She was then in Hospital Sg. Buloh in no time and later transfered again to the nearby Hospital Uitm due to the availability of a surgeon.

The news got around where members of the family started to visit to and fro, back and forth from home to the hospital. On the 3rd day she had an operation successfully and was under intensive care for recovery. But by the 4th day her condition suddenly went deteriorating.

And we prayed as hard as we could. Lately she was excited about having a new member to the family and are looking forward to have the official visit ‘merisek’ before their engagement to the soon-to-be daughter in law’s house.

 From Allah we came, to Allah we shall return. Finally her eldest son announced the news to the family in the Whatsapp group that Maktam breathe her last on the afternoon 1.54pm on the fourth day of Hari Raya.

May Allah blessed her soul and grant her with Jannah. We surely will miss her.

Time do flies, folks but it waits no man, not even a second.. ya. May Allah bless us all.

Sekinchan.

On the last day of February 2022, i drove up to Sekinchan with two little rascals along on a sudden request by daughter Alin.

The school is close on term holiday and her son Umar need his cousins as companions to enjoy the waterpark. And we stayed at the SeKin Resort & Hotel for a night with the three little rascals spending most of their time at the pools.

The rooms were in long blocks with walkaway between the blocks nicely shadowed by bamboo plants.

Across the road opposite the waterpark entrance was fisherman jetty. And i felt that these two pictures below is worth be shared here before your eyes just as much as i was glad that i have captured them with my mobile phone.

I am driving to Sungkai this weekend and till we meet again, stay safe and be happy.. ya folks.