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Sunday, 1-Aug-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Hey ! Look what I found in my garden..

..this cute little fella.. just a little bigger than my nail..
..soon it will grow up into this ! errr....
..I am not sure what it is called in Malay ("mengkarung" ?) but one thing for sure, the name is "Pok Ko" in Kelantanese and sure, it is a iguana-like small lizard ( the fully grown is about 20cm long, from the head to tail ).. This baby looks really cute but kinda ironic to remember that I used to catch this cute little creatures (they love to linger around in my garden) alive and fed them to my beloved pet , a juvenile "Haruan" ( Snakehead Fish ; Channa striata ) which sadly later got eaten by my hungry "devour-almost-any-living-thing" pet Catfish ; Clarias batrachus... arrghhh.. ( how I loved that Snakehead, it even ate from my hands .. ) Hhahha.. at least, that was long time ago....

Saturday, 31-Jul-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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..on display at Padang Jubli Perak (next to Gelanggang Seni), Kota Bharu, starting today, and will continue for another 2 days to celebrate the Silver Jubilee (25th Anniversary) of the current monarch of Kelantan state, His Royal Highness Sultan Ismail Petra's coronation.. in the so called "Tentera Bersama DYMM Al-Sultan Kelantan" (The Army With His Royal Highness The Sultan of Kelantan ) Program ... Btw, His Royal Highness is also in fact, the current Colonel in Chief of the Malaysian Royal Artillery Regiment in the Royal Malaysian Army.

Friday, 30-Jul-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
One cloudy Friday morning...

..the one way road from Kubang Pasu Market..
..motherly love..
..a back alley..
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.. the day is Friday, restday ie non-working day for Kelantan, so I went out looking for some breakfast (as usual, the "nasi berlauk" ). This week, to Pasar Kubang Pasu near the centre of Kota Bharu town.. By observations, Kota Bharu is traditional, with lots of old houses, family-owned businesses, lands and buildings.. Unlike Lembah Klang or Kuantan which has lots of empty, spacious piece of land for major projects, Kota Bharu is somehow like Japan in a way(or some say, like Penang?), where many people squeezed into a relatively small town, leaving a limited space for "breathing".. Shophouses, supermarkets and wet markets are so close to each other that walking around is much preferred than by car and the streets are narrow and small too, slipping through commercial buildings and houses..Well alive with unique personalities, traditions and activities which I failed to find in other parts of Malaysia, Kota Bharu really makes me proud... but when it comes to "garbage management" and personal hygiene, I still believe that the people of Kelantan really need serious education... but don't get me wrong, this problem is a national problem and not only in Kelantan plus Kota Bharu is not the dirtiest in Malaysia, at least for the time being ! At Pasar Kubang Pasu, I bought some "nasi berlauk"s and kuih (traditional cakes) and later, instead of heading straight home like always, wondering how Friday looks like in this East Coast town, I decided to take a stroll, straight into the heart of Kota Bharu...

Tuesday, 27-Jul-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
The all new Kota Bharu Airport, Kelantan ....

..leaving on a jet plane.. in.. out..
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..but don't get my words wrong ! When I say "all new", I don't mean that Kota Bharu just got an airport.. Actually the airport was already there since World War 2, and it played a part in the war !!.. When the Japanese Imperial Army first started their Malayan Campaign, groups of Japanese soldiers from the Takumi detachment landed on the beach of Pantai Sabak and Pantai Pak Amat (both are only 3km from the airport) at midnight, on December 8th 1941 (one hour before the historical Pearl Harbour attack), they headed for an air-field at Pengkalan Chepa to take over from the British.. The battle was harsh, and the British pillboxes (the bunker-like thing) which surrounded the area failed to stop the invasion and the British retreated south. They managed to gain control of the air-field (and finally, Singapore !) and made the local ppl to upgrade the place which years later turned into a public domestic airport for the state of Kelantan.. So, there goes some history lesson..btw, if you are happen to be in a plane, about to take off from KL from Kota Bharu, please look at the side of the runaway, and you are lucky if you can spot one of those pillboxes used during the Pantai Sabak invasion. Even old ammunitions are still found on the beaches, some already ended at the WW2 War Museum in Kota Bharu.. Before Kota Bharu got this new airport, the old one was small, fair enough to handle very limited daily flights.. But as numbers of visitors/locals using the flight-service (instead of the winding,mountainous roads from KL) builds up, the Malaysian Airport Berhad decided to upgrade Kota Bharu Airport or formally known as Sultan Ismail Petra Airport into a modern airport with contemporary taste ie able to handle large growing numbers of travellers.. Currently, Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu is the latest, modern airport in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, handling about 14 ~ 16 flights daily from KB - KL and KL - KB...

Saturday, 24-Jul-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Special Edition: Semoga Ayoh Zi' lekas sembuh..

Dato' Nik Aziz Nik Mat or better known as Tuan Guru (Dato') Nik Aziz Nik Mat is the current Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Kelantan. He retains the position since 1990 when the Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) won the state of Kelantan from the dominant National Front (BN).. Known among those who are very close to him as " Ayoh Zi' ", he is a spiritual teacher cum politician who spends most of his time being with ordinary citizens.. On the 22nd July, he suffered a serious heart-attack which landed him in the ICU ward for a day and the remarkable thing was the news went nationwide, and received lots of unexpected reactions from unexpected people(s). As an observer, by judging the people's very first reaction upon hearing the news of his heart-attack, I realised that Tok Guru is indeed a somebody in the eyes of the people.. Amidst various accusations that Tok Guru is giving out weird religious statements, those who really know him, always listen directly from his mouth and understand his words usage, are aware that he is way far from what the govt-controlled newspapers often said about him.. thus bringing to his popularity and respect especially among the Kelantanese.. Even Astora Jabat, who always attack Tok Guru in his articles, amazingly wrote something different this time.. But one thing for sure, the reactions, treatments that Tok Guru received are far beyond expectations, there are so "out-of-this-world" that some ppl started to question the reason why the Malaysian Prime Minister and his men reacted in what most said "surprising way" when told about the news... even the Tok Guru himself is surprised !

* Foto - foto adalah ihsan dr internet

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