A Surprise Durian Party

I am standing in front the field facing the Dato' Haji Ahmad Badawi Hall.

On Sunday, July 17, 2011 we had a wonderful durian party at Dato’ Haji Ahmad Badawi Hall, in Butterworth, Penang.

The party started after the seminar(SEMAIAN) that we attended at the hall.

We were going back to the hotel when the uncles from ‘GABUNGAN’ brought us a very big bag of durians.

They said the durians were from orchards in Balik Pulau where the best durians from Penang come from.

The durians were very sweet and tasty.

We had the party outside the seminar room, facing a nice green field, full of pigeons. 

It was the best durian party that I ever had :mrgreen:

To eat the durians, we must first open the fruits 🙂

Pak Cik Burhan is trying had to open a durian..
Mmm...tasty and sweet. I am eating durian..
I(middle) was enjoing durian with my father(L) and Pak Cik Burhan(R).
"Where is my durian?", asked my sad sister Kafah. From left is my mother, Kafah, my father, me and Pak Cik Burhan. Everybody are enjoing tasty durian; except Kafah...

Seminar Mendaulat Islam – Agama Negara (SEMAIAN)

On Sunday, I went to the Seminar Mendaulat Islam – Agama Negara (SEMAIAN) at the Dewan Dato’ Haji Ahmad Badawi, Jalan Bagan Luar, Butterworth, Pulau Pinang (Penang).

We went to Penang on Saturday and come back to Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

During the seminar, I helped my father to bring things from outside to inside the seminar hall.

The speakers are:

  1. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican( Universiti Teknologi Petronas-UTP)

  2. Associate Professor Dr. Aziz Hanafi(Dekan Kuliah Syariah Kolej Universiti Insaniah-KUIN)

  3. Tuan Haji Mahamad Naser Disa(Timbalan Penasihat Syariah Jabatan Peguam Negara)

The speakers Tuan Haji Muhamad Naser Disa(L), Associate Prof Dr. Abdul Aziz Hanafi(Middle) and Prof Dr. Ahmad Murad Merican(R) at the program.

The uncles from GABUNGAN ordered delicious ‘karipap’ and ‘spring rolls’ for the morning break.

We ate rice and a special Penang chicken curry for lunch.

The curry was very, very, very, very, very, very tasty but hot.

After the program the uncles from GABUNGAN brought lots of delicious durian for a durian party!

I enjoyed myself very, very, very, very much.

The program was reported in the Utusan Malaysia yesterday.

Utusan Malaysia is one of the main newspapers in Malaysia.

The program was reported in the Utusan Malaysia.

Stamp Fair In PJ

My mother(L) and I(middle) was searching for beautiful stamps at the stamp fair with another stamp collector (R).

We went to a stamp fair in Petaling Jaya on Saturday, June 12, 2011.

It was held at the Perpustakaan Komuniti Petaling Jaya or Petaling Jaya Community Library.

There were a lot of beautiful and colourful stamps at the fair.

I bought a lot lovely ‘Olympics stamps’, stamps on space travels, animals and many others from Uncle Haji Mohamed Abdullah.

I also bought some Spanish stamps to complete my collection.

I started to collect Spanish stamps after Pak Cik Amin gave me some colourful Spanish stamps.

And I was very happy because I found a stamp with a picture of Yuri Gagarin!

Uncle Haji Mohamed Abdullah is a stamp dealer from Penang (Pulau Pinang).

Anyway, big sister Kaman bought a lot more stamps than me 😐

There was a colouring contest, lucky draws and stamp display by the Philatelic Society Of Malaysia at the stamp fair.

My big sister Kaman won one of the lucky draws.

The prize was a key chain.

During the last stamp fair, I won two first day covers.

I love to go to stamps fairs because I love stamps 🙂

Meeting Uncle Adnan Othman

Our photo infront of Uncle Adnan's beautiful house. In the back row are Uncle Adnan Othman(L) and Kashah(R) and in the front row are Kafah(L), me(M) and Kaman(R).

Last Sunday I went to Uncle Adnan Othman‘s house for breakfast.

Uncle Adnan is from Terengganu and in ‘Trengganuspeak’, his name is Adnang Othmang.

Uncle Adnan Othman was a very popular singer in the 1960s.

He used to sing with a band named ‘The Rhythm Boys‘.

After that, he worked for Bata Shoes as a shoe designer.

Bata Shoes sent him to London for a shoe making course.

And one of his classmate was the famous shoe maker, Datuk Jimmy Choo.

Now Uncle Adnan do not design shoes anymore.

He is now an artist.

Uncle Adnan teaching us on how to how to paint such a beautiful picture.

I went to his art gallery and saw so many beautiful paintings.

Collections of beautiful paintings by Uncle Adnan Othman.
The fruit series by Uncle Adnan Othman.

He draws boats in Terengganu rivers, waterfalls and flowers.

More beautiful painting by Uncle Adnan - waterfall, and boats in Terengganu rivers.

Uncle Adnan also has lots of guitars and he let me play his guitars.

These are some of Uncle Adnan's guitars.

Then my big sister Kaman sang a Cuban song, ‘Guantanamera’ while Uncle Adnan Othman played the guitar.

We are listening to my big sister Kaman singing our favourite song, 'Guantanamera' while Uncle Adnan played the guitar.

We also listened to his old songs from his LPs and EPs on his record player.

LP means ‘long-playing’ and EP means ‘extended play’ record album.

My big sisters Kaman(L), me(M), Kafah(R) and at the back is Kashah listening to the songs on the record player.

That was the first time I listen to songs from a record player!

I really enjoyed meeting Uncle Adnan and he gave us lots of story books.

You can view Uncle Adnan’s paintings at his blog: adnanbinothman.wordpress.com

BBQs with Pak Cik Burhan

I love barbecues and it was really fun when Pak Cik Burhan joined us.

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Baberque with Pak Cik Burhan

Pak Cik Burhan is one of my father’s best friend from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

My father’s close friends, Uncle Osman El-Mubarak, Uncle Taj and Uncle Fauzan also used to study in the USA together with my father.

 

Back row (L-R): ?, Megat Hisham, Mohd Ayub Amirdad, Abdul Rashid Hussien, Che Wahab Che Man, Haji Sulaiman Haji Osman, Uncle Burhan , Mohd Hussin Mohd Ali, my father A. Karim Omar, Adnan Alamasi Front (L-R): ?, Ghazali, Wan Ibrahim Wan Long, Abdul Rauff Sarail, Jani Majuni, Mohd Shukri Azam, Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak(Uncle Osman), Tageldin As-Sanosi(Uncle Taj), Wan Abdul Azim Wan Abdullah

Last month, Pak Cik Burhan joined two of our barbecues in Kuala Terengganu when we were there for some programs.

My mother marinade the meat and my father and Pak Cik Burhan barbecued them.

We had prawns and sausages for the first barbecue with Pak Cik Burhan.

Tasty sausages and prawn barbecue.

On our second barbecue, we had mutton, onion, chicken, potatoes and sausages. 

Barbecued mutton, onion, chicken, potatoes and sausages are tasty too.

 

We also barbecued some chips like my father used to do in USA :mrgreen:

I helped to barbecue some mutton and chips

My mother marinade the meat and my father and Pak Cik Burhan barbecued them.

Pak Cik Burhan and my father used to go camping and had lots of barbecues together in the USA.

L-R Jailani (TJ), Che Wahab, Yazid, Rashid, Karim (my father) and Pak Cik Burhan.

I like Pak Cik Burhan because he is fun to be with 🙂

By the way Pak Cik Burhan promised me to be a cameraman for my new project :mrgreen:

mutton, onion, chicken, potatoes and sausages

BBQs In Terengganu

I love barbeque parties 😀

I love barbecues 🙂

We have a nice veranda for our barbecues at our house in Kuala Terengganu.

First we need to buy the meat for the barbecue.

The day before our barbecue, my mother would marinate the meat.

Marinate will make the meat very tasty 🙂

We started our barbecues in the afternoon at around 4:30pm.

Before we barbecue, we have to get things ready; we put up the seats, tables and plates.

Then my father will barbecue the meat.

Tasty BBQ mutton and chicken.

We have chicken, mutton, beef, prawns, potatoes, sweet corns and sausages for our barbecues.

 

Mutton, onion, chicken, potatoes and sausages are delicious for BBQs.

Anyway I love sausage, sweet corn and potatoes the best 🙂

I love fresh prawns and sausages too.

Sometimes we invite our friends and families to join us.

It was really fun when PakCik Borhan, Mama Ibu and Kak Mamah joint us for our BBQs.

I wish that we can have a big and nice veranda for our BBQs in Kuala Lumpur too :mrgreen:

 

One of our BBQs 🙂

 

Pantai Bari / Bari Beach

Last week. I went to the Bari Beach at Rhu Sepuluh in Terengganu.

We bought some fresh fish and huge prawns at the fish market.

We went there with Uncle Fauzan and his family.


Then we went to a stall for lunch.

Uncle Fauzan did not join us because he invited us for dinner and he had to rush home to cook a special ‘Melaka asam pedas’.


There are lots of stalls selling fresh seafood along the beach.

We ate fish, prawn, squid and fried noodle.

The seafood were fresh and tasty but I like the coconut drink the most 🙂

After we eat, we walked to the beach.


The beach is very beautiful.

There was a shipwreck on the beach.


Maybe it was  Captain Jack Sparrow‘s ship 🙂


I met a fisherman and he showed me his fish traps.


Near the fishing boat I saw some fish :mrgreen:

Before we went home, we saw a small lorry stuck in the sand.

Three of the tyres were stuck in the sand and only one tyre moved 😆

My father helped to push the lorry until all the tyres could moved.

Jamming With Uncle Fauzan

On Dec 26, 2010 I went to Uncle Fauzan‘s house for dinner.

Uncle Fauzan is a pilot and a good friend of my father.

He has a set of drums, some keyboards, some guitars and other musical instruments.

Uncle Fauzan can play all kinds of musical instruments.

I like to play the drum and my big sister Kaman played the keyboard.

Uncle Fauzan taught me how to play the drum.

We have to use our hands and feet at the same time to play the drum.

It was really fun 🙂

Uncle Fauzan cooked us a ‘sour and spicy’ fish dish named Melaka asam pedas.

It was very tasty.

The barbecued fish and prawns were very tasty too.

Before we went home, Kaman sang the Cuban song, ‘Guantánamera’ while Uncle Fauzan played the guitar.

We also watched a football match, 2010 Suzuki Cup – Malaysia VS Indonesia on TV.

I really enjoyed myself and I would like to visit Uncle Fauzan and Abang Arif again.

Meeting Uncle Ja

On the second day of Eid, I went to Tok Teh’s  house.

Over there I met my father’s cousin, Uncle Ja.

With Uncle Ja

Uncle Ja is Tok Teh’s Son.

Uncle Ja’s real name is Wan Jailani bin Wan Abdul Razak.

Uncle Ja is a journalist.

He works as the Selangor Berita Harian‘s Bureau Chief.

Uncle Ja's business card

He taught me how to write captions for pictures in my blog.

He also showed me photos of the places that he visited, for example: Paris, Dubai, London and lots of other places around the world.

Uncle Ja said that when I grow up, I should become a journalist and not a politician :mrgreen:

Uncle Ja is fun to be with; I wish I can meet Uncle Ja again because I want to learn more about how to write good articles and stories for my blog.

I know another journalist from Terengganu, Uncle Wan Ahmad Hulaimi or Uncle Awang Goneng.

Rambutan Picking

Tok Teh's rambutan trees

I was in Terengganu for the last two weeks for Eid holidays.

Kuala Terengganu is my parent’s hometown.

On the second day of Eid we visited Tok Teh.

Tok Teh is my grand aunty.

I called my grand uncle Tok Teh too.

It is very sad that he had passed away.

There were a lot of red, ripe rambutans on the rambutan trees at Tok Teh’s house.

So, a few days later we visited Tok Teh’s house again for a rambutan picking.

Kafah and I with our rambutans

Rambutan is a type of a fruit with hair on its skin.

Ripe, red rambutans

‘Rambut’ is hair in Malay language.

My big sister Kaman used a pole (galah) to pluck the rambutans.

My other sisters and I ran to collect to rambutans.

It was like a ‘rambutan rain’ 🙂

Kashah, Kafah and I rushed to collect the rambutans.

It was really fun.

This is the first time I went rambutan picking.

We sorted our rambutans and counted them. I collected 88 rambutans; more than my sisters did.

It was as fun as apple picking.

Later we ate the fruits.

They were very, very sweet.