Meeting The Master VII

Introducing Cikgu Roslan bin Ramli… He is one of my grandmasters, besides Ayah Su, Cikgu Yie and Abe Di. Among us, he is known as Abe Lan. All of us whether the seniors or juniors call him Abe Lan. Perhaps it is because he is among the super senior member of Gayong Bachok since teenage.

Abe Lan showing some moves.

He learns Gayong since he was in primary school, firstly under Cikgu Cik Yub (end of 70’s and early 80’s). Abe Lan and his colleagues took care of Gayong Bachok after Cikgu Cik Yub was transferred out of Bachok. Their journey did not stop there. They move on to gather Gayong knowledge under whoever were capable of fulfilling their needs. They would travel anywhere in Kelantan if they heard the person can teach Gayong.

Abe Lan in the red belt (Ayah Su and ? in green belt).

Those days, Cikgu Awang Daud called him Lan Kachung (Belalang Kachung @ Praying Mantis). Not because he masters the praying mantis moves or something, but because his tall and slender body and his ability to jump high and far. huu

Young and Dangerous 1985 or 1986? The year when I was born, they have already bathed in sweat and blood for how many years.. huu.. pictures taken from ayah su’s.

Being in Gayong, one cannot escape sacrificing his time, money and energy. Abe Lan and his colleagues can be a profound example to portray the issue. One of the stories that he has shared was how they  go to the centralised Gayong practice at Gelanggang Seni, Kota Bharu, twice  a week (correct me if I am wrong). They went  to Kota Bharu in the evening, bringing together with them the things needed to go to school the next day. After silat practice, they would sleep anywhere available, i.e. Musalla or the Hospital. They woke up early in the morning to catch the first bus to Bachok, ready with their school attire.

Teaching also is a way for martial artists to learn, gain experiences and sharpen their skills. Abe Lan is also one of them. He has quite a number of students especially in Bachok. According to one of his students that I recently met, Abe Lan was a very strict teacher (which I can hardly believe because he is not like that nowadays). When I was in my secondary school, I had little chance to learn from Abe Lan because Cikgu Muzairi has already taken care of us. We only met him once in a while during courses and functions organised. We have the chance to get to know him better during and after the upper secondary years. Believe me that Abe Lan has a lot to share and we should grab the opportunity while it lasts.

There many more inspiring stories behind the scenes in his searching for gayong. It makes me feel ashamed to myself because I am nothing compared to them. I should make them as example to my own path, not just stop in the middle of the journey before the time comes. huu


Lorry inspection

Teachers’ roles nowadays have become broader, not only they have to teach and ect., but also to do inspection on everything related to their work. This inspection can be defined in many ways which includes students’ skills and knowledge inspection, background, health inspection (SEGAK). That is just for students, what about other things?

Lorry at the puspakom, ready to be inspected. huu

Today, I received some lorries that need to be inspected, including other test papers as well. Now I know why  Cik Su always whining when it comes to exam papers..  Let them be there for a while before I have time to look them through. Next week would be a busy week as well for the SEGAK inspection.. Maybe students can also call me Inspector  Sahab.. huhuhu..

Sadly I spend less time to inspect myself.. huuu

Gomo Kelate Gomo

Even the Google search engine does not recognise MU, but most importantly it suggests that the Kelantan football team is the best team in the world.. huhuhu.. or at least in their fans’ heart.. huuu

Whoever made this print screen picture is a genius, literally beyond Albert Einstein. huu

The Crucial Decision

According to William A. Ward, there are four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.

1. Plan purposely…

I went to my Granpa’s house at about 6.40 p.m. to catch up with some gossip. All of the family member have a talk about everything that comes under the sun. An suddenly, out of the blue moon, he suggested to slaughter one of his Boer’s goat. Everyone was like “What the heck!”.

The goat was safely assassinated (7.12 p.m.).

2. Prepare prayerfully…

All the preparation was done on the spot (7.00-9.00 p.m.).

3. Proceed positively…

The starter was as usual, the soup with garlic bread (9.40 p.m.). Then, the crowd moved to the main dish (9.53 p.m.).

4. Pursue persistently…

The goat’s head was kept for the bigger event on the day after. The picnic!

The breeze was cool, the wave was calm, the stomach was full. huuu

My Toys VII

I was a big fan of Ebay when I was  in UK. The fact that Pound Sterling was expensive compared to other currency made everything seemed to be really cheap. I would spend hours just browsing through the web looking for interesting items to buy. One of my interest was to browse buy for weapons. One day, I found one interesting sword, which was very affordable. According to the seller, the sword was made in Toledo. It is a sacred place which specialised in producing weapons for war during Al-Andalus era.

After I received the item, it turned out to be just a replica sword. Huuu. That was the risk that I had to take when I bought things from the Ebay. Sometimes, the item was above expectation and sometime it was just a fake one. However, in this case, I am still grateful as the sword is still a solid piece, made of nice stainless steel, thick brass and dark wood. The only drawback of the sword of its sharpness and perhaps its durability. Although it might not be able to strike, cut, and thrust the steel drum tank, but definitely it can still injure people. huuu

Solid piece of work..

Still looking for charity for a shield and a helmet and not to forget the knowledge on how to use it wisely.. Ajik as the model, before going to battlefield his driving test. huu

La tahzan

BERIS LALANG – Heat for months without having sufficient rain had resulted in forest burning at many places here. One of the places that has badly affected by the heat was at Hj Lazim’s rubber estate which was burnt almost 70% of the farm. This incident occurred last 6th March when sparks from the forest besides had jumped to his ground.

Despite the drain that had been digged around the farm, it did not help much because the fire spread through the spark instead of creeping on the ground. The wind factor added salt to the wound. The fire spread so fast that even if firefighters were called, they could do nothing to reduce the effect.

According to an expert, some of the burnt trees might recover but in the future, the productivity of the trees will decrease and their lifespan decrease.

وَلَنَبۡلُوَنَّكُم بِشَىۡءٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡخَوۡفِ وَٱلۡجُوعِ وَنَقۡصٍ۬ مِّنَ ٱلۡأَمۡوَٲلِ وَٱلۡأَنفُسِ

وَٱلثَّمَرَٲتِ‌ۗ وَبَشِّرِ ٱلصَّـٰبِرِينَ (١٥٥) ٱلَّذِينَ إِذَآ أَصَـٰبَتۡهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ۬

قَالُوٓاْ إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيۡهِ رَٲجِعُونَ (١٥٦) أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ عَلَيۡہِمۡ صَلَوَٲتٌ۬ مِّن

رَّبِّهِمۡ وَرَحۡمَةٌ۬‌ۖ وَأُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ هُمُ ٱلۡمُهۡتَدُونَ (١٥٧)

155. Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil), but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere,-

156. Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return”:-

157. They are those on whom (Descend) blessings from their Lord, and mercy, and they are the ones that receive guidance.

Surah Al-Baqarah


My mom got excited when she receive a letter from Venderbilt University. Two tickets have been enclosed with the letter which made mom became even more excited. She gave the ticket to me mentioning that she can go to the commencement day as she has already got the pass. huu

When I had a glance at the ticket, it was nothing like what she thought. It was a party invitation. I was just sigh loud and clear. ‘ Astaga.. this  is not for you, mom. This is for youngsters like me and my brothers’.

However, we only received 2 tickets which were not sufficient for all at least 5 of the siblings. Therefore I have decided that the answer is no. huhuhu

Blast Result

Congratulation to Haziq for the blast result. 10A+ and 1A are too much for me. Even if I resit the SPM examination, I could not possibly brake the score, not even braking my own untouchable record. huhuhu..

Leaving his school to the next, more challenging yet colourful world..

Reading an entry from Ciksu’s blog makes me wonder is it possible for me to throw him to the US. I guess he can decide where he wants to go on his own from now on. His endless effort has been paid for now. He just needs to keep up his excellence a bit more. The consistency will help him reaching what he want to be, insyaallah. Way to go (Hafzan, 2008,2009)

Thanks to Allah, his parents, his teachers and friends. Also to his nucleus extended family for the support. huuu

Of a Title

Earlier this year, in my Physical and Health Education class, I had introduced myself a bit. Just a bit. I told them that they should call me Mr. Faiz. A week later, students were asked to hand in some task written in their exercise book. I was astonished to see how my name is written on their book. Some did it right but a few failed to spell my title correctly which may create confusion to others especially myself. huuuu

A bit feminine

A bit masculine

Hybrid.. huuu

After that, I have an urge to make my own Stamp, which the main purpose is to cover the insult that I got my students. It gives me sore eyes looking at those books. Although I am not teaching them English, I believe that I am also the person to be blamed. Moral of the story, when you introduce yourself to others, you may want to write your name on the board as well. This is because students may interpret what we say differently.

Perhaps the person who invents the stamp faced the same problem I did..

It is applicable to other stuff as well, including silat. Silat knowledge should be practical. For beginner, talking alone may not usually able to widen one’s knowledge. Their knowledge is depending on the input given to them. They may talk a lot at the end, but can they fight? The best way is the combination of all the senses. The weight on which one should be focused on depends a lot on the skill that one wants to teach.

Pasir Putih

The train from Hamburg from Luebeck was quite full yesterday. I guess everybody was coming back from their weekend holiday to the reality, Monday. I sat beside my friend. We keep talking to each other to kill the time. 45 minutes is relatively long if you are alone and did nothing. We discussed about our future plan, life, football and stuff. During our conversation, I saw through refection from the train window, a woman, mid forty kept observing us. I lowed my voice a little because I thought our conversation annoy her. But when you have so much to say, you will never notice how loud you are. Damn this woman still observing us. There are only two possibilities, 1: We were really loud. 2: She like me. I kept on talking with out paying not much attention to her.

After a while holding her horse, she asked my friend whether I speak Kelantan dialect. What the heck? It is weird enough if she asked him whether I speak Malay language. A German woman can smell budu in my Malay language. I don’t know what to say, it is a compliment or insult?

Actually this woman lived in Kelantan in early 80. She lived in Pasir Putih. I said to her, my house is in Bachok. We are like neighbor and stuff. She laughed. She kept saying good thing about Kelantan people. Very nice people, very good food, very beautiful place and stuff. When she said you come from a land of nicest people make my heart leap with joy.

She also kept asking about Kelantan to refresh her memory. Story about places like Pantai Cinta Berahi, Kota Bharu and Bandar Pasir Putih really make her smile wider. She said she was closed to marry Kelantanese man but what to do, neither of them will not tolerate with their religious believe. I asked her whether she miss Kelantan. She said only God knows how much she misses Kelantan. With commitment and stuff she has no opportunity to travel again to my beloved state.

The train then arrived at Reinfeld Bahnhof. That was her stop. Before saying good bye, She asked us whether Search is still there. We asked back “what Search?” She said “ Search the band, Amy?” Wow. I was amazed. She then asked about Wings too. But last but not least ” Is May also still there?” I and my friends kept looking to each other. It was a dream or what? A Blondie asked about Amy and May? What is the odd? 1000:1? You answer.

My friend said to me when she leaved. Once he met an Italian in Swiss, speaking kelantanese better than him. The same thing, miss Kelantan a lot, he even miss Tuan guru Nik Aziz and budu. But he converts to Islam though.

The conclusion is maybe KLCC will made people know us but our sopan-santun and beautiful culture made people remember us. If we follow what our old people teach us about religion, respect, lembah lembut, sopan santun, kiro caro, food, art and stuff every human in the planet who know us will put us in their heart, feel blessed, remembering us as a gift from God for them.

Hafzan Lazim


The bright side of my school- the the sunrise!

We gather at the Dataran Budi every morning. Monday is for the formal assembly. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are for ‘English for 20 minutes’ (EW20) program. Lastly, Friday is for Surah Yasin recitation.

Here is a little bit info on the EW20 program. As far as I concern,the program is only held in Johor. The way the program is implemented vary depending on schools. As for my school, as mentioned before, it is held three days in a week. Students need to come before 7.10 a.m. to do some light writing exercises before they go to their respective classes.

The work piles up and all I can do is blogging.. huuu.. Suddenly the Sha Na Na Song runs in my head. Is it because of the coming weekend? even if weekends means nothing to me? huuu