When Pete was about to go to sleep, he heard a man crying outside. He wondered what it was. He got up from his bed and he took a peek outside. Everything seemed normal, maybe it was just somebody crying in the woods. He took a look at the woods again and saw that something was not right. The trees looked as if they had sunk into the ground. Then he remembered the clattering sound that he heard from the woods that morning.
“Safora! Come here, please,” called Pete. Safora was his sister. “Anything weird out there?” asked Safora. “You see, I’m kind of sleepy. So, how about talking about it tomorrow,” said Safora as she went back to sleep.
Pete sighed and continued looking outside. “I’m going up, I mean I’m going out there to have a look at the woods,” said Pete while he put on his jacket. “Something is wrong, the woods is sinking.” “I’ll come along then,’ said Safora as she got up from her bed. “I’m not going to let you go outside all alone. But please ask for permission from Mum first, Pete.”
“Mum, can Safora and I go upside, I mean outside to take a look at something for a while, please?” asked Pete. “Alright,” said his mother. “Just don’t do weird things out there and do not stay out there for too long.” Pete and Safora went out to inspect the woods. “Hi Mic, what are you doing here?” asked Pete and looking at Reen he said, “And Reen, you are much taller!” Mic and Reen were their neighbours but they had not seen each other for months. “What do you mean by upside, do you mean outside?” asked Reen. Pete sighed “Yes, I always make that mistake.” “I heard a man shouting in the woods and I could not sleep,” said Mic. “Well, did you notice that the woods look kind of weird? The whole woods seems lower as if the trees had sunk into the ground. So, I came upside to inspect it,” said Pete.
“Don’t waste your time, everyone. We must find out what’s happening over there,” said Safora. So off they went to the woods. Just before they reached there, “Stop!” shouted someone while putting his hand in front of the children. It was Mr. Brown the gardener. “What are you children doing out here?” he asked. Pete answered, “Were just going for a tour in the woods and ….” Mic give Pete a nudge and said, “What he meant was we’re inspecting what is wrong with the woods. It looks weird. That’s all.” Mr. Brown said, “Fine, you can take a look at the forest but don’t be up too late because it’s already time to sleep and it could be dangerous out there.”
To be continued …
(On May 23, 2012, the BFM 89.9 radio had cancelled airing Irshad Manji’s recorded interview-please click here for the news.)
Tomorrow Irshad Manji was supposed to give a talk at Monash University, Sunway Campus in Selangor entitled, Moral Courage: Creating Space: for Islam and Democracy from 1.00 to 2.00pm which is during the Friday Prayer.
Someone tweeted her:
Hi, selamat datang 🙂 Is this event catered to Muslim women only? Not gonna include Muslim men? Friday prayer is at about 1-2pm
She tweeted back:
All r welcome, sis. Quran does not prescribe how/when 2 pray. This is man-made, not God-given, ritual. Salaam from KL
They choose the specific time for the program so that the Muslim men cannot hold a protest and to disgrace Islam because she claimed that, “Quran does not prescribe how/when 2 pray.”
But the program had been cancelled because of the ‘pressure by Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS)’.
Borders Books also cancelled her program because of the security concerns.
Her publisher, ZI Publication is trying to find a public space in which Manji can discuss her book, Allah, Liberty & Love.
Do Irshad Manji and her publisher really think that Malaysian Muslims really want to listen to her?
Malaysia is a Muslim country and the majority of the Muslims here are good Muslims who do not want to hear anything about her books because the books disgrace Islam.
So, only very few people welcome her here, those who are liberal like she is.
Rather than trying to reform Islam, she should make a change and learn be a good Muslim.
She is the one who should learn about Islam and not the one to teach other people the false Islam.
I love writing stories. I wrote my first story, entitled ‘The Pink Elephant’ when I was about 3 years old. It was actually a really, really short story 🙂 And on my ninth birthday (February 13, 2012), I finished writing my first storybook! The book has 26 chapters with about 5100 words. My mother and my big sister Aiman Amani love my book and said that it is fun, funny and really amazing.
I am very, very, very happy and excited when my father printed a few copies of the book 🙂 I gave the first copy to Pak Cik Amin and Ummi Yati. I am very happy because Pak Cik Amin, Abang Aiman and Abang Hatim like the way I wrote the story. I wish I can print this book in a real story book format and sell it like Uncle Awang Goneng
Below is the first chapter of my book:
CHAPTER 1: THE CALOVINIA
Once upon a time, there was a nice beautiful place called Calovinia. But one day, Brotosh armies attacked the place and destroyed some of the beautiful buildings.
The next day, the Calovinians make an alliance meeting with the Brotosh and the Brotosh became allies. Sir Adhavadejonge of Calovininia told the Brotosh not to let the Arguays know about the agreement. But unfortunately the Arguays had already heard about it.
The Arguays rushed in to the Calovinian castle and attacked them using some magical swords and arrows. Sir Ali ordered his griffins to attack the Arguays. The griffins blew big blue fire from their mouth but the Arhuays managed to steal the special dagger from the Calovinian treasure box and put it into their own treasure box before taking it away.
After the Arguays had gone, Sir Ali’s friend named Jolly said,”I want to get out dagger back from the Arguays all by myself”. Sir Ali said,”I don’t think that’s a good idea, Jolly”. Sir Adhavadejonge added,”You will be captured if you go there all alone”.
Then Sir Layon of Calovinia took out his sword belt. The sword belt was a special belt where there would always be a new sword whenever it’s owner put it’s hand into the bet’s pocket. Sir Layon said,” No one should bring their own sword because the Arguays will steal your swords just like they stole our special dagger. I have enough swords for all of us
Bertahun merdeka di perantauan,
Segala kenangan tetap di ingatan,
Si Awang Goneng hasil nukilan,
Untuk semua jadi tatapan.
Bertahun-tahun di tanah Inggeris,
Bijak bermadah ilhamnya puitis,
Begitulah kisah seorang penulis,
Pengalaman diratah buku ditulis.
Suka duka tangis dan tawa,
Mok Mek dan Mok Nab semua dia cerita,
Cik Kaleh Teksi Pok Loh Standok juga,
Pok Ku Haji Ambak Serban Besar Bakul dia tak lupa.
Menyingkap kembali apa dirasa,
Sedari kecil ke zaman remaja,
Kerepok lekor rojak Pok Deh dia suka,
Itu dia Si Awang Goneng anak Trengganu kita.
Abang Dody recited this syair during the launch of Awang Goneng’s latest book, ‘A Map of Trengganu’ at the RA Fine Arts Gallery.
Syair is a traditional Malay poem.
On Sunday, I went to the Borders at the Gardens for another ‘AMoT Book Signing’ event.
This is the last signing event as Uncle Hulaimi is going back to London in a few more days.
I met a lot of great writers and bloggers at the event.
Aunty Asma who was the chef for AMoT’s book launch at RA Fine Arts Gallery was also there with her family.
A lot of Uncle Hulaimi’s good friends and family members were there.
And everybody had a good time 🙂
And thank you Borders for the very delicious Terengganu food from the ‘Wau Penyu’.
There were tasty pulut lepa, akok, beleda(jelly), jjepuk pisang (banana balls) and keropok lekor.
The akok was especially ordered from the palace!
I enjoyed kerepok lekor the best 🙂
It was a wonderful event and I am very happy to meet all the nice people and so many wonderful writers and bloggers.
This afternoon I attended the book launch of ‘A Map of Trengganu’ at the RA Fine Arts Gallery, Solaris Dutamas in Kuala Lumpur.
The book is about the old days of Terengganu.
Here is the program of the event:
Uncle Raja Ahmad Aminullah gave a welcome speech.
A talk about AMoT by Uncle Hulaimi.
Book reading by Uncle Hulaimi.
Abang Dody recited the ‘Syair Awang Goneng’.
A song performed by Andre Goh and followed by another song by Uncle Adnan Osman (Adnang Osmang in Trengganuspeak 🙂 ).
I am very happy to meet Uncle Raja Ahmad Aminullah, Uncle Awang Goneng, Aunty Zaharah, Aunty Asma, Pok Ku Bustaman, Uncle Som, Kak Raja Nadia, Uncle Adnang Osmang, Pok Daud, Datuk Jimmy Choo and more 😉
By the way, I really enjoyed the delicious Terengganu food prepared by Aunty Asma who is Uncle Hulaimi’s sister.
And I am very happy to meet a nice blogger, Kak Raja Nadia who is Uncle Raja Ahmad’s daughter.
Congratulations to Uncle Awang Goneng on the launch of AMoT and I want to thank Uncle Raja Ahmad for inviting us to the wonderful event.
Just now I went to the book signing of ‘A Map of Trengganu’ ( AMoT ).
It was held in the MPH Bookstore, Mid Valley, KL.
We met some bloggers and some of my parent’s Terengganu friends.
Uncle Hulaimi’s teacher, Mr. Soh Kim Yew was also there with Aunty Dinah Soh and Aunty Soh Lay Choo.
AMoT was written by Wan Ahmad Hulaimi or Awang Goneng.
He gave a nice speech and he talked about how to write books.
His speech was in English and not in Trengganuspeak 🙂
I am happy that he also mentioned my name to the audience as ‘his friend, Che Ali the blogger’.
Uncle Hulaimi is the only person who calls me ‘Che Ali’
Some people at the event thought my name is really Che Ali 😆
Before we go home, we waited for Uncle Hulaimi to sign the books that we have to deliver.
I feel so happy that I met Uncle Hulaimi, Uncle A. Samad Said, Aunty Zaharah and other friends of my parent’s 😀
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The book was about the effect of global warming that can make some places disappear.
Global warming makes the earth hotter and hotter and sea level rises up because of ice melting at the North Pole and South Pole.
In Zahara de la Sierra, Andalusia, Spain, they get less and less rain and the place becomes drier and slowly turning into a desert; like bad drought in Kenya were killing plants and animals.
I think that it is a very good book for all of us to read, so that we can do our parts to stop the global warming and heal the world.
It will very sad to see all the beautiful places disappear.
I wish I can have a copy of ‘100 Places to Go Before They Disappear’ 🙂
‘A Map of Trengganu’ is the latest book written by Awang Goneng or his real name, Wan Ahmad Hulaimi.
It is a sequel to the best seller, ‘Growing Up in Trengganu’.
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Delivery: RM6 (for the whole Malaysia)
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