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Wednesday, 21 September 2016


My blog was named The Reader.Lately,I am not doing justice to The Reader because I have been neglecting my reading and  had succumbed to photography hobby.I posted too many photos on my Facebook and blogs,not to mention buying Camera Magazines and books that it left me with no time to read novels,business management and religious books.I have to stop  this craziness and make my life more balanced.But then,who could resist the Fujifilm X100T camera that I am exploring for more than two months.Anyway, to The Reader,please accept my apologies.I must read at least two books in a month and not the other way around.I used to read a book a week but not any more.Age is catching up and my reading slows down.

The Reader is my blog.Before I got addicted-may be not strong enough verb for my obsession in photography,I blog two or three times a week at The Reader.At worse,I write once a week.Now,I am doing once a month.

In the last 60 days,I bought five new books to read.It must be due to my guilty sub-conscious mind doing itself healing work.The books are The Girl On The Train,The Italian Wife,When We Were Orphans,A World Without Islam and Negara Maslahah-Pemikiran Al-Ghazali dan Kontek Politik Malaysia.Now,I have more than enough on my plate to chew until end of this year.

If you are a bookworm or book lover,you won't believe that I would not buy a new book.It is a matter of when the good one comes along.

On checking my Goodreads account in cyberspace,I saw a few of friends had sent requests to be my friends and I did not approve them because I did not bother to check it out until a few days ago.To those affected by my inaction,please accept my apologies.

To facilitate sharing of information and experience in reading,I created a Goodreads Group called Bookcafe for my friends to join and share our love for reading.In case,I get lost in my photo walking ,may I ask my friend to pull my ears back to BookCafe and re-start my reading.

Notes on Photos:These photos were taken during our first gathering at Umai Cafe,Putrajaya.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Pak Non

I knew Allahyarham Pak Non many years ago via our blogging activities.He hailed from Alor Setar but lived in Putrajaya. According to my friend Pak Hasnul Arifin,he passed away last month,but sadly I knew of it only today when my birthday wishes for Pak Non got a response from his friend that Pak Non has passed away.May Allah bless his soul and put him among the solihin and return to al Jannah,insyaAllah.

As fellow senior bloggers,we read each other blogs and he gave me a lot of advice.He was also an avid photographer and has a few photo books.On one morning,we met at Presint 8 for photo walking and later I had breakfast with him and his family.We took each other photos.

Dear Pak Non:My apologies to you,Sir for not making an effort to visit you in Titi Gajah,Kedah.InsyaAllah I shall compile my photos of Putrajaya into a book.

Thank you Sir for your brotherly advice.

Pak Non's blog.

Friday, 19 August 2016


In this photo,I don't have the full view of the sun as it arises due to some clouds but I know for sure the blurred whitish image hanging above the horizon is the sun.Sometimes,we see the sun in full view,at times ,it is fully hidden and sometimes it is partly hidden.But we know it is there all the time.If not,all of us will be frozen to death.
When we see a beautiful sun rise,the first hijab was removed-the physical layer.Peeling off another layer with some knowledge,we know and understand what is the sun,its location relative to where we are and what is it made of and what roles it plays in the whole solar system and the universe.

I just wonder how the sun could continue giving us light and heat(among other things that I don't know of) non- stop for thousands of years?What kind of fuel it uses?Another layers of hijab will open and tells us there is a continuous state of nuclear fission taking place there..As we probe further and deeper,I come to question that science does not have an answer:Who created and put the sun into orbit for the benefits of mankind?
From seeing ,we move to understanding and we go further to meaning.Going deeper,we dig into the meaning of the meaning.

Once a month in the 60s,my late father took me to Kota Bahru for shopping with my mother.On one occasion,after our lunch at Sumatra Restaurant,he suddenly told me that we had to go home.I was not very happy because I needed more time to wander around in KB.I complained to him but he said no and we have to go home.When I asked why ,he replied:"A lot of people are waiting to see me at our house".I asked again,"How do you know?"(No mobile phone at that time)He replied,"I have kashaf.You have 14 inches hijab".I just shut up and followed him.By the way,my late father was Tok Guru Pondok Beris,Bachok ,Kelantan.Only 40 years later I knew the meaning of hijab.
Once the 'hijab' is removed,then we can 'see'.

Friday, 5 August 2016



About a week ago,I met my SDARA senior Dato Salamon Selamat at our Hari Raya gathering at Putrajaya Lake Club.On seeing him,I went straight to see him and thanked him for teaching me a good habit I acquired more than 50 years when I was in Remove Class, SDAR,Tanjung Malim.He was in form four then and a school prefect.During a prep class,he taught me to set up a vocabulary book.At that time,as a kampung boy I think I knew not more than 100 word of English as I came from a Malay medium school.In six years,when I sat for my MCE,I got C3 for my English.As they say,the rest is history.

Well,what is so great about words?As a simple example,without knowing the right word,I would not be able to write a good sentence.Empowered with the command of English language,I was able to get an engineering degree from Sheffield ,England.Again,the rest is history.

To young parents,please inculcate the culture of having a vocabulary book for your children.It is a great asset for them later in their adult life.By the way,I have a few dictionaries in the office and at home.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Teaching is my passion..

A few years after I graduated with civil engineering degree and working  for JKR,my late father asked me to resign and become a teacher.My father was Tok Guru Pondok Beris,Bachok,Kelantan.He wanted me to teach and impart knowledge to others because  of more 'pahala' from Allah.I was more interested  in getting  higher post in my career and more money then.So,I continued working for JKR for almost nine years  until resigned in 1984 to join private sector for greener pastures.

Almost 18 years later..

In 2002,I met two gentlemen who are members of PMI-Project Management Institute,Malaysia Chapter.We share a common passion in project management.A year later,I formed a Project Management Training company with them as my associates or I called them my partners in crime.We went out to tell people of the PMI Model of managing projects.To my expectation,I love getting paid for talking about this passionate subject of mine.Slowly,I fade away from my construction company and left the operation to my brother.I am now full time project and business consultant since 2003.

How I wished my father is still alive so that I could tell him that I am a teacher.He should be proud that his son's firm has trained a few hundreds JKR and consultant firms professionals in managing their projects better.Not only that I am a teacher/consultant but I also earned more money than being an engineer per se!

Two years ago,I came across INSKEN-Institut Keusahawanan Negera.I share their goals in helping SME bumiputra to prosper and grow their business.Last month,I attended 3-day course to be business facilitator and this month I attended another 3-day course to be a Business Counsellor /Coach[BC],InsyaAllah.Hopefully in three months time,I shall be officially certified BC and be able to contribute to the growth and success of bumiputra SME business.Today,I received an appointed letter from INSKEN as BC starting 1st July ,2016.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Uncle Gadget

When I was in my late 40's,I used be known/called Uncle Gadget.Why?For the simple reason that I love electronic gadgets.It started with Palm Pilot back then..Later,I formed a group called PalmX.The rest is history - almost 20 years ago.Lately,when my iPad started  going to die due to old age,I began to explore the Tablet by Samsung/Apple/Amazon.I was looking for something simple and cheap and meeting basic need for reading and getting online.I explore the cyberspace and decided to buy two units of Amazon Fire Tablets for my mother and wife.By sheer coincidence, my son Maher was in Sunnyvale, California last week and I asked him to buy the Amazon Fire 7" tablets.Another lucky coincidence ,these tablets were on sale promotion and we got them at USD40/RM160 each-about 1/5 of iPad price.What a steal!

I love to be a geek again at 60 plus and enjoy tweaking this Tablet to install apps for my wife and mother to use.The biggest challenge is to make easy for my two ladies to use them.They never had and experience using a computer or smart phones before.

By profession,I am a civil engineers with professional status and registered with Board of Engineers,Malaysia.However,I love computer and other electronic gadgets.For the record,I had my first computer was Apple IIe way back in 1983.

Thinking aloud if allowed,when I have saved enough money,I want to buy this bigger toy as shown below..It is RM200k big boy toy.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

My Teachers at TIKL

Last week,I was counting days to attend the ReUnion Lunch with my teachers and friends from TIKL(SMTKL) since I left TIKL in December,1972 after my form 6.The gathering was attended by three teachers-Cikgu Fadilah,Cikgu Fatimah and Cikgu Kamariah and more than 100 of us.Thank you Dato Dr Shuib for organising and hosting this gracious event.

Cikgu Fadilah,sitting in the middle was my General Paper teacher when I was in 6th Form and Cikgu Fatimah ,sitting on the right was my Bahasa teacher.She inspired me to be an engineer when I told her I wanted to be a math teacher.On meeting her ,I reported to her that I had done her assignment to be a JKR engineer.I got my degree in 1976 but sadly I did not inform her.By the way,it is better late than never..