The chronicles of independence

Looking on the surface, having an independent country is always desired by every citizens. Everyone wants to be free from any influence, control or even guidance from others. Is it what independence means? Are we really in the state of independent? As independence can be interpreted differently,  I’ll leave the questions for all to think about.

A few weeks back, the history club members had paid a visit to the Emergency Exhibition- The Chronicles of 1948-1960. more pictures (here)

Yesterday's evening, we went to the Cartoonist Lat's exhibitionism.

I went out with my friends for iftar, I met one guy who is proudly showing his patriotism. Credit to Warid and Azri for the picture.. huhuhu

Before midnight, we went out for a superb supper. and for the countdown

After that, the KL tour began and we ended up stopping at the Taman Bukit Permai. In the picture, Pak Ngah was thinking on the true meaning of independence.

That was my journey to celebrate the 52 years of Malaysian independence. But it was for my country. What about my own independence? Am I free from the chain hatred, greedy, jealousy, laziness, proud and other mazmumah traits?

Al fatihah to those who has sacrificed their life to Islam and their country..

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Remembering the God

I found quite an interesting guy when I went to have my Tarawikh prayer at Masjid Muhammadi. When everyone was facing the qiblah, he faced towards the north. As he seemed to be a ‘special’ guy, nobody cares about him.

Only God knows

The incident made me remembered a phrase in Al-Quran saying that

Unto Allah belong the east and the west, and whereever you turn there is face of God. Lo! Allah is All-embracing and All-knowing. (Al Baqarah 115)

Please do not follow what the guy has done. However, we can think of value that we can get from this incident. Perhaps what we should practice is always try to remember the God at all places and time. Or at the very least, try to improve the quantity and quality (and most importantly the consistency) of our time with the God.

Once you complete your Contact Prayer (Salat), you shall remember GOD while standing, sitting, or lying down… (An Nisa’ 103)

p/s: That entry is mainly a reminder to me.. huhuhu..

Terlambat sudah!!!

The Hails

Happy birthday to my nephew, Hail Afiq. You are already 3 years old but still never have a chance to meet your great uncle momok. May Allah protect and bless you.

26 ogos genap umo afiq 3 thn…… beso dah die……..
afiq mintak abah die beli kek je… kek kaler itam….. ????
choc. cake kot…….tapi afiq mintak awal sehari…..25 hb..mlm….
hahaha ingat plak tu bday die…. haih budak ni….

Hafzan Lazim

Last demonstration in IPBA

The topic is just a question, not a statement. Looking at the coming events and trends there is not much left for us (B.Ed TEST year 4) as we are leaving the college in just few months.

The basic movements..

The ‘Ambang Kemerdekaan’ demonstration was just supposed to be a chill demo where everyone have a nice time watching the performances from different groups. However, watching on how silat members performed that night, things had been a bit serious. As always, everyone took it seriously. Maybe the chill bit has changed to thrill.. huhuhu

Scene 4 act 3..

For the pentas keris that I had with Mr. Warid, I realised that the stances and movements that I made were kind of awkward and sloppy, huhuhu.. Last minute practice was always the method used to gain skills and understanding. Waima (Wa imma= either) it is for demonstration or grading and etc.. huhuhu.

more info (here)

Which stance do you prefer? Mine is just peace stance.. Say no to war.. huhu

A few years back, I had asked one of the Grandmaster’s disciples, Ustaz Khalid about the thing or movement that he likes most in Gayong. He told me that he likes is ‘tapak gayong’ (gayong stance) the most. I am not really sure about his answer and I am still searching for it.

Once upon a time, Cikgu Muzairi with his tiger stance.. taken from Ayah Su’s page..

According to my teacher, we could trace whether one is using the right and pure knowledge in Gayong by looking at their movements and stances. Then only we can determine whichone is the diamond or glass.

Ramadhan Mubarak.

Senyum seindah suria.

Selamat Menyambut Ramadhan kepada Hj. Lazim dan Hjh. Zainab, Mat Apih, Kak Atie, Mat Paih, Che No dan Mat Ajik. Tidak Lupa juga kepada semua sanak saudara di Dusun Durian dan Kadok Dalam. Semoga mendapat rahmat dan keredhaan daripada Allah S.W.T. Amin

P/S: Di mana dia, adik perempuan saya?

Hafzan Lazim

Man at Work.

I work just to earn some money to provide food on the table for me and my family.

Hafzan Lazim.

1kelantan

How about this for 1Malaysia? Watch the Video, you will be amazed how they even become Tok Jogho Dikir and Tok Dalang Wayang Kulit, two position that only some can master. You will be more amazed to see them eat Budu, eat with their hand and wear Semutar. They only differ between them and malay is religion.

Cina Peranakan Kelantan Part 1

Cina Peranakan Kelantan Part 2

Hafzan Lazim

Are you dare enough to score?

This post is especially made for Haziq, his friends and other Kelantanese who are going to sit for the SPM- Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (Malaysian Certificate of Education) next few months.

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Pelajar cemerlang dapat banglow RM130,000

Oleh Salmah Mat Husain, Foto Rizal Tahir
Mon | Aug 17, 09 | 6:12:41 pm MYT

PENGKALAN CHEPA, 17 Ogos: Mungkin Kelantan menjadi negeri pertama di negara ini yang menghadiahkan seorang pelajar cemerlang SPM sebuah banglow berharga RM130,000. Sebelum ini hadiah lumayan itu disebut kerajaan negeri memandangkan Nik Nur Madihah Nik Mohd Kamal, 18 merupakan pelajar cemerlang SPM peringkat negara. Pencapaian pelajar terbabit iaitu 20A (19A1 dan 1A2) telah melonjatkan nama Kelantan dan Maahad Muhammadi Perempuan.

Dan hari ini replika kunci rumah banglow itu diserahkan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Islam, Pendidikan dan Dakwah, Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah kepada Nik Nur Madihah. Hadiah berkenaan merupakan projek sosial Perbadanan Kemajuan Iktisad Negeri Kelantan (PKINK) melalui anak syarikatnya Binaraya dan Profil Impian yang berganding bahu membiayai rumah berkenaan dalam tempoh hanya dua bulan. Rumah berkenaan dibina melalui Syarikat Mekar Mewah Sdn Bhd. Turut hadir pada majlis bersejarah itu Ketua Eksekutif PKINK, Haji Sabri Abdullah, Pengurus Besar Binaraya PKINK, Nik Kamil Amirah Nik Abdul Rahman, serta beberapa pegawai kanan PKINK.

Nik Nur Madihah ditemani kedua ibu bapanya, Nik Mohd Kamil Husin dan Mariani Omar serta adiknya. Rumah banglo setingkat itu terletak di PT 1352, Taman Kurnia Jaya, Pengkalan Chepa. Selain itu, Afza Carpet dan Handycraft Sdn Bhd turut menghadiahkan beberapa kelengkapan termasuk karpet. Mohd Amar berkata, rumah berkenaan diberikan sebagai melunaskan janji kerajaan negeri yang diumumkan Menteri Besar sebelum ini.

taken from (here)

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Indeed the prize is really a tempting external reinforcement for all. But sadly to say that it is only available for those who are young and still have the boiling spirit to grab the stars. Not like us, the old generation who might get expired if not being taken care carefully. huhuhu..

Dare to take the challenge?

Btw, how many subjects does Haziq take for his SPM?

Meeting the Master VI

We had a Gayong’s ‘mandi tapak’ and ‘mandi seni’ ceremony last weekend in IPBA. And the person who was in charge of the ceremony was Cikgu Awang bin Daud. He was one of Allahyarham Dato’ Meor students who are still available and still active in the field.

Mandi Seni

Before he learned Gayong, he had being learning other martial arts. In fact, he was a Muai Thai champion for a number of years in Kelantan and South Thailand. I can say that he is one of a fanatic martial artist especially when he was young. Based on my limited information that I have about him, I could say that his hobby is to study martial art, not just to learn it. Perhaps, because of this reason, the Grandmaster (Dato’ Meor) had order him along with few other students to create new extra movements (i.e. locks etc.) for Silat Gayong. Now, we (gayong malaysia, pusaka, warisan) are still using the movements.

About 10 years back, when I was just a small kid, my teachers had organised a short course to Gayong Bachok members. Cikgu Awang was invited to the course and showed a little bit on how the gayong syllabus can be transformed towards more practical movements and can be used in the street. A few years later, we heard that Cikgu Awang had introduced a new martial art school known as ADMA (Awang Daud Martial Art Academy). Perhaps the school is a platform for him to expand and share the ideas that he has about about martial arts that he has studied and encountered so far.

A little bit of exposure to the Gayong members

According to Cikgu Awang, before Dato’ Meor passed away, the Grandmaster has ordered him to expand the knowledge that he has taught to the soldiers and armies. For soldiers, every movements need to be short and sharp. It does not mean that gayong’s movement are all sloppy and messy. It is just that if students are not being exposed with the practical part of the movements, the students might not be able to use them in real life situation. By having ADMA he can easily spread the style and approach without having any interfierence.

from left: Cikgu (Sir) Warid, I, Cikgu Mat (Ahmad Zuwari), Cikgu Haji Mohayaddin, Cikgu Awang Daud.

As the new comers (like me), we need to grab the opportunity to learn from him while he is still available. He is the only one of his kind. He has his own specialty, especially in close combat. May God help and grand him success in every aspect of his life.

p/s: I need to spend some time to pay a visit to one of ADMA’s gelanggang and hopefully it can broaden my horizen  on Silat (although I am still in busy mode).. huhuhu

Summer Vacation 3

It is the time for  Cik Nor to have a little bit of fun after having a hard time at home, doing her work placement. LOL..

At the LCCT with her family.. Instead of being sad, she was really excited to go for the vacation. huhu.. but only God knows what happened deep in her heart..

On her way to the departure gate.. “Sob2” said Maa and Abah in their heart.

By now, she should be somewhere in Europe. Yeah, nice scenery, cool whether and tasty food. huhuhu..

P/s: Please contact her if you would like to have any souvenir.

Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri.. lagi best negeri sendiri.. Is that so?

On Swine flu

I’ve got an e-mail from a friend sharing this interesting fact.. Hopefully it is useful.. huhuhu

Fennel seed treatment claimed effective to prevent swine flu Staff

Report Published: July 05, 2009, 08:53

Fennel seeds or Jintan Manis

Sharjah: Drinking a decoction made of fennel seeds soaked in warm water first thing in the morning could prevent you from catching swine flu says a study published in a Chinese medical research magazine.

According to report published in Al Khaleej a local Arabic daily, the study has resulted in an increase of fennel seeds sales by 50 per cent in some Asian countries.

The report read that similar increase in sales was also visible in countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The fennel seed warm drink is being distributed to people who are making pilgrimage to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

Taken from: Gulfnews (here)

National School Silat Competition

I went to have a peep at a silat competition which was held in the Tasik titiwangsa stadium last week. It was a good experience because that was my first time watching a national silat event. It was also an eye opener for me looking at the cream among the cream competing for the medals.

About the event:

What: Pertandingan Silat Sekolah-sekolah Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia
When: 3rd to 6th August 2009
Where: Titiwangsa Stadium
Who: Primary and secondary school students from all over the country
Why: Yearly event
How: The competition is categorised into Tempur (early prepared pair fighting), Tari (individual silat movements), Jurus Wajib (group fixed pattern), masal (group pattern) and Music.

Please correct me if the information is wrong.

Silat seni

I have skipped my early years education in the silat as I do not have any experience in silat competition so far. And  of course I am an old man now. I don’t think my skills, strength and tactics would  enable me to even submit my name to any martial art competition. Looking at my condition, the organiser will just straight away kick me away for the event. huhuhu..

The Kedah team- The student who blowed the serunai seemed to be really young. The songs played by them were great.

I was really astonished when I listened to the musics played in the competition. Each team brought along their musician team. The musician team played musics for their respective team. The use of gamelan really suited the fast pace of the competitor’s movements. The serunai songs were also nice thing to hear. The songs would become better if they are played harmonically with the gendang (drum).

It has become a trend now to use a bit different intonation and tone from the traditional silat music. According to my teachers, one of the createria in the marking system was that the marks were given to those who perform in same rhythm with the music played. Therefore, the use of the traditional music is seen as less competitive compared to the ‘modern’ one. It is like using blues songs when others are using the pop song. However, please do not get me wrong. I did not say that the traditional songs are not good. It was just when we put them together with others, people start comparing them with the so called the new songs.

And the winners for the competition are….. (refer here).

KL team- silat tempur – 4th place

Based on the result, it seems that Sarawak, Selangor, Sabah, Perak , Negeri Sembilan and Johor teams were really strong. For Sabah and Sarawak teams, they will perhaps become even stronger next year as the competition will be held in Sarawak next year. Although Kelantan didn’t win any place, they had shown their sportsmanship spirit. The Red Warrior will definitely go for the revenge next year. Maybe using the rebana ubi as a secret weapon? huhuhu..

p/s: Seni silat nowadays has slowly lost their identity. For the sake of competition, silat movements have become something else (i.e wrestling, ultramen and other stuff). huhuhu.. Maybe the movements have already been in silat and I am not aware of them, I do not know. huhuhu..