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SELINGAN : I came, I saw, I am shocked !

Think NORTH as 12 o'clock so this is 6 o'clock ..
and this is 7 o'clock ...
and 8 o'clock ..
going to 9 o'clock ..
moving to 10 o'clock ..
.. and 11 o'clock !
This view here is 2 o'clock ...
to 3 o'clock .....
... and finally, a 5 o'clock view .. get it ?

Hey, Is That Mine ?

I was away in Kemaman, Terengganu from the 17th to 19th May 2007,
" participating " in a " program " organised and sponsored by the Kelantan State government.

By the time you see a comma at the end of this line,
I bet some of my " regulars " would already guess where I had been and for what
( but please, don't describe about it in your comment - at least not in detail ).

If you happened to be there too, yes, I was there, mingling with you guys probably unnoticed for three days, but nevertheless it was really a great experience. However, I will keep the details of the activities out of this entry ( just to keep a low profile - my Mom doesn't like me " whoring " on the net - well, me neither ) except of one small incident which took place during the " opening ceremony " involving a Power Point presentation - which deserves a mention here.

It happened while I was listening to the presenter's talk,
looking at each slide shown when my eyes suddenly caught a very familiar image and it struck me right away,

" Are tte ore no totta shashin jya nai ka yo !!?? ".

( Loosely translated : " Hey, isn't that my photo ? " or " Eh, bukae kor gambaa aku tuh ? " - I often talk to myself in Japanese )

There, on the big white screen,
nestled among collage of images ( but still clearly distinguishable ) was a photo, which I am really sure was taken from my fotopage. I am not sure about the rest though, as the presenter quickly flipped the slide before I could get a good look on them. I am very aware of my own handiwork and I have a very strong reason to believe that at least one of the photos used in the presentation was indeed mine - made into public viewing - without my knowledge, without any credit.

Grrrrr ..... oh well, it was not really big deal anyway,
as long as my photos are put to good use for the whole community without involving personal profit or monetary gain. But on top of that, the experience left me wondering in amusement on where my photos are ending up since I started photo-blogging .... ha ha ha ... How could a complete stranger be interested in " how I pass my time " ? Whoa, now even the State Govt is eyeing my site - need to be extremely careful from now on ! Especially with the critical remarks .. he he

( Emm .. I wonder whether the person behind the slides did realise or not that I happened to be among the audience ? I was going to ask the presenter about it but I changed my mind .. Nah, I dont think he's the one ..... and like I said, it is not really a big deal anyway - at least, in this case. )

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So, How Do You Like Your Place ?

put the first one aside and now straight to my real purpose of having this entry ....

So, the whole trip took me across the state of Terengganu.
Covering a distance of over 360 km ( times two for the return trip ) from Kota Bharu to Chukai in Kemaman, taking the shoreline route, through Kuala Terengganu - driving without any companion. To me, travelling alone by car is never a boring thing. In fact, I always love it as I could take my own time, pay more attention on the road and at the same time, do what I like to do most - OBSERVING STUFF !

I have to admit that Terengganu is a very beautiful state - naturally and artificially.
From palm fringed white sandy beaches, lush green tropical islands on the emerald blue sea, to unique natural settings and features, dotting the landscape. From rustic fishing communities to very grand looking state museum and public library. All seem to suit each other beautifully.

But, what truly stole my attention during the trip, and mesmerized me the most was how the buildings there are beautifully and artistically designed, with clear regional architectural influences that would put my homestate, Kelantan, to shame !
I have no idea about the details, but by the look alone - it seems to me that the state does put weight on regional image and identity, which I could see through the application of various traditional Malay designs and artworks in the local construction industry. Much to my interest !

But of course,
I do believe and I am confident that Kelantan too is unique, in its own class and lovely and could simply turn lovelier provided that all new developments planned for Kelantan would take into considerations, the true soul of Kelantan preferably the regional and traditional aspects of it. To me, first impression never come twice - and normally people would love to see first, to believe - thus an upperhand in overall outlook ( read : being appealing by the look ) would certainly gives a great positive effect to whatever follows.

In this case, I see Terengganu is well ahead of Kelantan.
Maybe Kelantan should learn a thing or two from Terengganu, at least in this matter.
Even though I believe, Kelantan, being larger in population, has a lot more cultural treasures to boast of compared to Terengganu but when it comes to upholding the pride, no matter how bias I could be, I can't deny that Terengganu is now in the winning side !

Maybe we should rethink how we should appeal to others physically.
For example, I found " Jawi " writings in the public ( on billboards, road signs etc ) could be further promoted and turned into a unique Kelantanese identity. I hardly can see that in Terengganu ! And, don't just by having a simple motto or even a straight forward slogan, design a clearer concept to that and if there's already one, then try to live it up. Oh yeah, don't tell me it's all about the money, where's our pride ??

Delusional ? Me ?
Emm ..... maybe.
But hey, I know what I saw thus I think I know what we should be.

how do YOU like your place ?

Note :

1) Didn't bring my digicam along - so, no related image to help explaining the above.

2) I got my Bro to snap these photos for me, from a tall point in Kota Bharu but don't ask which - just take a guess. Any question on the whereabout shall be directed straight to the dumpster ...... muahahahaha

* KB Mall is on the right while the rest being houses and commercial buildings of various constructions.

The Northern Kelantan plain is actually made up from centuries of silt build-up - a river delta, still expanding northward with sediments brought down by the murky Kelantan River. The only hilly terrain visible here is quite far in the interior - most are lone hills - with no mountain ranges except very deep inland. The flow of air on the plain is brilliant and haze or stagnant bad air, like experienced in the Klang Valley is extremely rare in Kelantan - i.e except during the monsoon, blue skies are very common.

* Overlooking the town center where the 150 years old state capital began ( circa 1844 ). The one under construction will soon house a shopping mall, condominium and shop lots. Seen nearby is the old Menara Perbadanan and a newly completed apartment ( Plaza Menang Intan ).

* The Kelantanese Eiffel Tower ( yeah, right ! ) seen here, in the middle of the photo.
A telecommunication tower owned by TELEKOM MALAYSIA, for truth sake.

Over eighty percent ( 80% ) of Kelantan's 1.5 million inhabitants resided on the northern plain ( not counting the floating population ! ), making it the most densest area in the East Coast. Note that, the land is plain and low lying as far as your eye could see ! So, can you see any hill ?

* Wherever you go in Malaysia - they all look the same.
Meet the Federal Buildings ( Wisma Persekutuan & Kota Bharu Police Headquarters ) - housing Federal Govt. offices.

* The reputedly tallest building in the East Coast ( huh, really ? I read that somewhere, need a citation on this one ) - the Kota Sri Mutiara, seen here popping out and looking rather awkward amidst smaller buildings and houses. Emmm ... Who needs high-rise living spaces in Kota Bharu when you can afford living spaces on the ground ?

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