Visit Kelantan 2016

This year is Visit Kelantan Year. The Department of Muzeum Kelantan has conducted quite a number of events in order to attract tourists all over the country. One of the events that was organised was calling different school of silat to perform live demonstration.

We were asked to do a silat demonstration during the school break holiday. The organiser had asked our silat school to show some moves for about a duration of two hours, consisting only five person (2 pairs and a single trainer).

Therefore our teacher had asked the senior practitioners to play. Perhaps these practitioners were able to drag the moves in order to buy some time.

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Tari by Syukri

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Live music

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Fadrul and Adi Syahid with their sparring pentas

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The picture was edited a bit as my tanjak was not properly worn.. huhu

On the surface, it seems that we are collaborating to do the demonstration. However personally, I believe that this event was also a trace to meet again my long lost friend.

I could not remember when was our last meeting but one thing for sure we had been working together a lot in our school silat committee during our schooling years.

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Anak Jelati

Last CNY school break, I got another new bonsai tree. It was given by my master Ayah Su. huhuhu. According to him, the tree is 3 years old. Hopefully, it stays strong for many more decade to come.. huhuhu

Before, 28 January 2012

After, 30 January 2012

Based on my observation, half of a decade is just a short time for a bonsai trainer to create their tree. They take longer time to enjoy petting their tree. It is not like keeping a pair of pigeon in which they will breed and multiply in no time. Bonsai is about patient, not just passionate. To see it slowly grow in front of the eyes for years is something really valuable, and has a high sentimental value.

Karnival Silat DUN Panchor 2012

It was nearly afternoon when I arrived at the Silat Carnival. I was not in rush as the venue was beside SK Sering, really close to my house. Unfortunately, the silat team from my previous secondary school had just finished performing their demonstration at the moment I arrived. I am not sure whether I was unfortunate or actually the other way around for not being able to watch their performances. huhuhu

The crowds were not that many as the target group was just the people from the nearby villages, to be specific, under the DUN (state legislative assembly) Panchor.   According to the organiser (under the Panchor assemblyman, Dato’ Mohd Amar Bin Nik Abdullah) , there were about 10 school of martial arts were invited to perform in the carnival.

Boxing’s langkah sembah (opening dance) before the real sparring

The sparring from the silat boxing

The movements with inner strength and breath from Silat Tapak Suci

There were a variety of Malay martial art schools performing in the carnival, such as Silat Jatuh, Silat Seni, Silat Tempur, Silat Batin and Tomoi. The traditional gendang silat from two groups were also being played alternately throughout the events.

Silat Tongat

3 versus 1, from Silat Sekebun Bunga

Pentas Keris from PSSPGM

The Gayong team from SMU Panchor did a good job in their pentas. A bit more sweat and blood in their practice would make better. The tomoi or boxing partners also taugh. Although it was just a light sparring, some of the movements were really solid.

The silat dance by a master before the sparring

The Silat Jatuh performances from various schools were also great. A lot of their flowery movements consist of hidden philosophy and meaning. However, a couple of pairs really spoiled my mode. Although their movements were unquestionably great, I think that the performances were too much of comedy acts.

Silat putut (sticky like the glutinous rice)

Silat jatuh (ground work@grapling)

Perhaps their real intention was to entertain others especially the women and children. However, I do not think that silat should be known as something funny as we are not in the colonial era anymore. Silat should be known as the protector and pride to its practitioner.

The last performance to close the carnival, by two grandmasters.

I believe that this kind of event should be made as example to the other places in Kelantan or Malaysia in general. This event will eventually bring up the name of the local martial arts especially the traditional and low profile ones. It can also motivate the young generation to participate and contribute in continuing the legacy of our ancestors.

more pictures (here)

P/s: The weather was perfect all day long. The sun was gloomy, hidden behind the thin clouds which gave enough shade to the participants and audiences of the carnival. Later that day, I was told that Tok Guru Hj Hussin Ibrahim Lubuk Tapak has gone meeting the God. No wonder the feel and mode was a bit melancholic. Al Fatihah.

My New Toy

I have got a new toy. I found it at the back of my home. I have little knowledge about the species. What I know is that I have once grew the kind of tree when I was a little kid.

My new bonsai. Hopefully it will stay alive and grow up healthy and strong.

I want to nurture it to become an aggressive phoenix (in my dream) huhuhu

On The News

As a reporter from Utusan Malaysia came to the closing ceremony for the Perdana Pusaka Gayong Johor that we had before (here), we were expecting that the news to come out a couple of weeks after the event. However, we were left in dark. Nothing came out at all.

 After nearly a couple of month after that, I was told that a short news about the event came out in Utusan and Berita Harian. Better late than never. A few days later, the news came out again in Kosmo. It was a full page news. huhuhu

Kosmo, Wednesday 21st September 2011

I believe that it was a good prospect to promote the art to all. There were a lot traditional silat school in Malaysia and it is sad to see that some lack the successor or even the trainees to carry on the tradition. The school might end up buried in the grave with the master if nobody cares to learn the art from them. Hopefully the news can trigger the spirit of warrior in them and make them learn the art with heart spirit.

Keris Cleaning

Following the SOP (standard operational procedure) after the Keris Course that we just had, some might get excited with the postmortem of the course. Some may eager with the planning of the next course, while some others might concern about the bruises, cuts and pain in the muscles that they had. However for me, the excitement comes when I clean the kerises.

As usual, for those who did not have their own keris yet, they had to borrow them from others, especially from Ayah Su. This time, I had the privilege of cleaning them, or to be particular take out the rust from the blade for restoration.

Before

While

Here are some of the procedures that I usually do to clean keris from rust:

  1. Take the hilt out from the blade. If there are a few kerises, make sure that you labeled both the hilt as well as the blade properly to avoid confusion when you want to put the hilt back to the right keris once you have finished cleaning the kerises.
  2. Soak the blade in vinegar for a few hours. If the rust is still hard to eliminate, soak them longer, a night perhaps.
  3. Brush the blade with the cuts of lemons. The acid liquid from the lemon can sweep away the rust faster.
  4. Once the blades clean, wash the blade with the body syampoo, or soap, or dish washer liquid. This is to neutralise the acid traces that still exist on the blade surface.
  5. Wipe the blades with a cloth till they dry.
  6. Put some fragrance and/or olive oil on the blade surfaces. This is to make sure that the blades do not rust easily. Make sure that the blades are not touched by the bare hand as the blade can rust easily with the touch.
  7. Put the hilt back to the blade.
  8. Now it is ready to be stored before the next use.

This is the way I clean kerises. Other people might have different techniques by using different material. huhuhu. No worries as the objective is just the same which is to clean the kerises so that they are well cared and kept.

After

Although the procedure seems simple, the satisfaction that I get in cleaning the blades is extraordinary. huhuhu.

The Kelantanese Wedding

These are some of the processes that I have encountered during my wedding. Although the word wedding seems simple, it actually contains quite some lengthy process which follows the needs of Islam as well as Malay custom, and in my case it is narrowed to the Kelantanese culture.

At first, I did question about the needs to follow all the rigid rules and customs as for me, the procedure is just for the ‘Akad Nikah’ and that’s it. All others was considered as extra burden. However, that was just an old me. Now, after undergone some part of the process, I realise that there is an enormous agenda behind all these customs, which is to make my wedding life better.

Merisik (Inquiry)

This is the first formal step in getting marriage. Before the process takes place, the parents and family members from both sides have already had a general idea about what is expected from the person from the other side.

Che Nor dirasuk dirisik

Before the actual meeting takes place, they usually have asked people around, used spy, done some investigations or maybe asking the person herself in order to get answers to some basic questions about the person and her family. The questions may centered on the four basic things suggested by the Prophet (SAW) “A woman is married for four things, i.e., her wealth, her family status, her beauty, and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman [otherwise] you will be a loser”.

In my case, we have done some funny investigations as well. After getting agreement from my parents and closest relatives, we move on to the merisik (formal inquiry) stage. The merisik is a meeting whereby we went to my spouse’s place (not yet at the moment) and indirectly asked whether the girl is available or not. That was the moment when I had the first glance on my wife.

The  meeting also means that I was able to contact her (within the limit of the religion, haram things before is still haram after the merisik stage) in order to know her better and if she meets the criteria, to discuss the preparation for the next stage.

Bertunang (Engagement)

Engagement is the stage where both parties are really commit to the marriage. There should be no U-turn after the engagement unless there is really big war without any solution happens. To be play safe, the news on engagement should not be public as it would give a shame to both parties especially the girl’s side if it is ended up with a break up.

The engagement ceremony

My engagement was quite unique as the duration of my engagement was only about two hours. Everyone was eager to get me married I guess. huhuhu

We bring along with us 7 things (pahar) as gifts to my spouse and  her family. It can be any number as long as it is an odd number. Some of  the compulsory item needed in the 7 pahars are sireh leaves where the ring is put, the yellow glutinous rice paired with egg (pulut kuning and bunga telur), some cloth, some fruits, some food (usually cake) and last but not least a book (usually Al Quran). All the gifts are a complete things needed in one’s life. Each symbolises important things that is needed to have a prosperity life.

The  spouse  will reply about the same (equal) things given from her side. The number will be the same or have two extra to number of pahars that they get. It depends on the agreement from both parties. I always crave for a weapon (i.e. keris) put on my pahar but all oppose my suggestion. Poor me.. huhuhu

Akad Nikah (Marriage Contract)

The marriage contract is the real deal. This is usually the stage which make the bridegroom shaking the whole body, freezing under the room temperature or perhaps suddenly becomes a stammer. Shaking hands with the religious officer  or the wali (guardian) himself and utter one single sentence has become the heaviest things to do.

Alhamdullilah mine was an OK session. Thanks to my seniors for sharing the tips to counter the difficulties. huhuhu. For those who has not shaken hands with the imam yet, you can ask me about the tips. The fee is just a whole grilled chicken. Sate will do. huhuhu

Reading the contract is among the most scary part in a man’s life.

There is also Mas Kahwin (sum of money or anything (i.e. Al Quran, gold) as a gift to the bride) that the bridegroom needs to give. The quotation price is up to the bride to decide. There is usually a range of standard price given based on the trend around the place.

However there is also a trend in which the bride does not put any specific price for the gift. It is up to the bridegroom to decide. If the money is not used for the wedding ceremony. It is suggested that the gift is given in Gold Dinar or maybe properties with high probability to rise in the future.

The different that is seen in the Kelantanese wedding and other states in Malaysia from my point of view is that the Kelantanese does not have the additional allocation for the ‘wang hantaran @ wang hangus’ (or burned money). The burned money is paid prior to the wedding to the bridegroom as the down payment that is usually used for the wedding ceremony for the bride’s side. The sum is usually a lot higher than the Mas Kahwin.

Berkahwin (Wedding Ceremony)

This is the time when the family celebrate the happiness and announce that their daughter has already got a husband. The family would be the organiser for the ceremony. It started with the family inviting the guesses. The guess should carefully listen to the invitation or look at the invitation card because there is a hidden message between the lines mentioned by the host, whether it is a gratitude ceremony (kenduri kesyukuran) or the wedding ceremony (kenduri perkahwinan). huhuhu

The feast time during the wedding ceremony

If it is just a gratitude ceremony, the guesses can just come to the ceremony and enjoy the meal. They might also want to bring along a gift or alms to the couple such as giving simple things as simple as a kilogram of sugar. Giving money to the host is considered as rude perhaps because the host believes that they are serving some food to the guesses as a gratitude to God and only God can indirectly repay it, in term of happiness, health and etc.

For the invitation which is stated as  a wedding ceremony, the guess is allowed to give present or money to the host as the alms. Maybe it is to lessen the burden of the couple when they live together in a new house or place.

On the day, the bridegroom and his contingent would march along with the pahars. There would be two additional pahars compared to the day of engagement. It usually contains about the same things as the engagement that, only that there were no sireh leaves given anymore. My contingent that came on that day was extraordinary. I mean the numbers. Thanks for the support. huhuhu

Menyambut Menantu (Receiving the daughter in law)

Then, the bride is delivered to the bridegroom’s family house. Another wedding ceremony is usually held as to inform the relatives especially the distance relatives of the bridegroom’s side that the person is already wed. If the the host has enough force and strength in term of  people come to help to set up everything, then the host can think of cooking the meal from the scratch. But if not, paying the catering service is preferred.

Some of the relatives that came

The is also an unwritten rules whereby the bridegroom cannot go to the bride family’s house before she is officially sent to the house during the menyambut menantu ceremony. It is one of the extreme case scenario. The linear rule would be that the bridegroom can go to the bride family’s house but she cannot stay there too long or sleep at the house.

Menghantar Menantu (Sending the daughter in law)

Another new thing that I have learned when I got married was that my wife is not allowed to go to her parents’ house until my parents send her. Perhaps this custom is rarely practiced because of some hindrances such as geographical and time challenges.

The direct purpose that I can see in the procedure is that it can tighten the newly tied bond between the two families namely mine and my wife’s family. It has been at least six meeting since the first merisik ceremony. The intimacy should already sprout a bit if not much between our two big families. The good relation between the families is also crucial in building a sound family of mine. huhuhu

Ziarah Waris

After the ceremony, the newly wed couple would probably hear the sentence sounds like ‘Ajok la Paih/Na gi jale kenal rumoh’ (Invite your spouse to our house) uttered by the close relatives. They would usually serve the couple with heavy meal and give some gifts as presents.

Nasir was smiling while glaring at the food at one of the relatives’ house. huhuhu

Based on my experience, as we had limited time at home before we departed to our work place, we went to nearly 10 houses in less than half a day. Only God can repay their kindness. There is nothing that I can compare for having such caring relatives around me. Alhamdulillah

I felt blessed because everything runs smoothly. Hopefully it is a good sign from God who has planned all the events for me. The whole process is now complete. It is now the time to explore the depth of understanding and patience with each other, with the strength of the mahabbah and rahmah thrown by the Creator to the heart of both of us, as husband and wife, and the big families that we have.

**Footnote

  1. It should be noted that the customs are not compulsory to be followed.
  2. If it becomes a burden especially the financial burden to a person, the simplest akad nikah is more than enough.
  3. Physical contact and relation (or something towards that)  before marriage for any reason (i.e. postponing the wedding because of financial burden) should be avoided. Parents should aware that the customs can hold but some evils for postponing the wedding can’t. It can only be stopped by marriage.
  4. The entry post might be just my syok sendiri perspective. Any correction or additional information is most welcome. huhuhu. Wallahua’lam.

Peluru Waktu

semuanya berkejaran laju, tapi ke mana nak dituju? adakah akhirnya sampai ke situ? (btw, fyi, my house is on the right. huhuhu)

Masa terus berlalu
sungguh pantas dan laju
semalam isnin esok dah sabtu
minggu demi minggu berlalu

dulu tidak sebegitu
boleh dinikmati masa itu
sekarang dikejar tapi tak mampu
laju mengalahkan keretapi peluru

harus diingat di manakah aku
pada pandangan Tuhan yang satu
kembang mekar harum berbau
atau sekadar menyucup layu

ayuh bangkit dari mimpi syahdu
luangkan waktu singkat itu
fikir dan zikir setiap waktu
bersama mengejar redha dan restu

kenalilah siapa diri itu
agar tidak sesat jalan pulangmu
tidak sekali-kali lupa janjimu dulu
bahawa Dia hanya satu takkan bersekutu

My Toys IX

The knife is a Johor made blade. To be exact, it is from Kg Lukut, Kota Tinggi. I was told that the knife smith is Mohd Yusuf Ahmad. There is not much thing that I can say about this pisau lapah (knife that is used to skin animal and cut the meat into pieces). It has been in my wardrobe for quite some time and it have not taste any blood so far. There the effectiveness is still unknown. I was told that it is sharp enough to cut meat but I need the concrete evidence about it first before I can say so. huhuhu

Typical pisau lapah that can be found in Johor.

Looking at the blade, can it function as parang (small machete) as well? Can I use it to cut small trees if I go into jungle or do something like that? Can such activity damage the blade?

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

Two bangles

I have just got two bangles this week.

One is given by my student. I asked her why me? My birthday is waaaay in the future. (Even so, I rarely celebrate my birthday. That is my secret of being young; celebrate birthday once in blue moon. huuu.) She told me that the bangle is not only for me, but also to other teachers. Her mother asks her to give them to her teachers. Thus,  I gladly accepted the small gift. huhuhu.. Perhaps her mother is a bangle wholesaler. Huu

Later, I went for my PSV lesson. We made bangles by using plastic tube and pieces of batik, cooking oil, and a lighter.

  1. Firstly, cut the plastic tube into a few inches length depending on the student’s hand size.
  2. Then, cut the batik into about 2×2 inches pieces.
  3. Roll the batik pieces.
  4. Dip the rolled batik into hot cooking oil to make the batik pieces look shiny.
  5. Then insert the batik into the plastic tube. You may want to use ‘satay’ stick to push the batik into the tube.
  6. Do the same procedure until the whole plastic tube is almost full. Just leave about half inch of both ends empty.
  7. After that, attach both ends of the tube by inserting  one into another. Press one end to make it smaller. Then only the end tubes can be attached.
  8. Lastly, Burn the attached links a bit to make sure that both ends stick together.

I must be thankful to a friend of mine who has introduced the product to me. My students have already asked my favor to buy the tube for them. Perhaps they want to make it commercial. The tube can easily be found in a hardware shop. It is sold for just 50 cents per meter.. A class which have 30 students will need about 6 meters tube. Happy experimenting.. huuu.