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.
In Terengganu we have lots of delicious traditional sweet cakes.
Most of them are made of lots of eggs, coconut milk and sugar such as akok, jala mas and sekaya.
Anyway these tasty food are hard to get in Kuala Lumpur.
So we were so happy to have them at the book launch of AMoT at the RA Fine Arts Gallery.
These delicious Terengganu cakes were cooked by Aunty Asma.
Aunty Asma is a very good cook.
For the event, Aunty Asma cooked akok, sekaya, kasidah, jala mas, karipap, pulut lepa, cream puff, gopal and fried mee hoon.
I think the people in Terengganu uses lots of eggs in their sweet cakes because they want to be healthy since eggs are rich protein
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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My mother told me that in ‘A Map of Trengganu (AMoT)‘, Uncle Awang Goneng wrote about Cik Omar’s barber’s shop near Uncle AG’s house in Tanjung.
Cik Omar is Pok Mang’s son (AMoT page 147).
I wrote about it in my blog entitled, ‘My Grandfather Had A Hair Cut’.
But that was Cik Omar’s second barber’s shop.
The barber’s shop that Uncle AG wrote is not there anymore.
He rented his first barber’s shop from my great grand uncle.
Anyway, Cik Omar had retired and it was somebody else who gave my grandfather his hair cut.
I do not know Cik Omar; we got these information from our relative in Tanjung, Kuala Terengganu.
Anyway they are still using Cik Omar’s antique barber’s chair.
I really like the antique barber’s chair.
It is a very old barber’s chair and it was from Cik Omar’s first barber’s shop.
So, Uncle AG can go to the barber’s shop and sit on the antique chair to have a hair cut the next time Uncle AG go back to Tanjung.
‘A Map of Trengganu’ (AMoT) is the latest book written by Uncle Awang Goneng.
It is a sequel to the best seller, ‘Growing Up in Trengganu’ (GUiT).
The book is about the old days in Terengganu, the beautiful town and the people living there long before I was born.
It also talks about the old and historical buildings that had been demolished like the the mosque near my mother’s house and the rows of shop houses in Kedai Payang.
GUiT was launched at Alam Akademik or Kedai Pok Loh Yunang in Kuala Terengganu.
Anyway the building had been demolished.
My father picked up the books from the distributor this morning and had delivered some to the costumers who had placed their order.
Orders had came in even before the book reached KL.
There was an order from New York, USA too.
I do not really understand the book as it has lots of hard words but my big sister is so excited about it and cannot stop reading it.
She was smiling and laughing by herself while reading 🙂
I want to keep one copy and wait until I grow up a bit older to enjoy it as my big sister and my parents.
May be Uncle Awang Goneng should write a simpler edition with larger font for small kids like me
This book had just came in from Singapore and may not reach the bookstores in KL yet 🙂
Just now I sold a book to Uncle Wan Yusuf after the Friday prayer.
During the ‘Khalifah Dinner And Talk’, I helped to distrubute flyers.
I hope that I can help my father to sell a lot more copies of AMoT and that AMoT will be another best seller like GUiT 🙂
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A Map of Trengganu by Awang Goneng.
The sequel to Malaysian bestseller Growing Up in Trenaggnu looks at the terrain of Trengganu, the landmarks that are still standing and those that have fallen to rubble, the winds that bring chill and change to the inhabitants of his coastal town, and people who walked the streets and breathed the air that is laced with dried shrimps, the aroma of röjök, and salt coming in with the spray from the South China Sea.