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Friday, 25 May 2012

Time

1. I've just finished reading a superb piece by William Manchester entitled, Goodbye, Darkness - A Memoir of The Pacific War, and I feel obliged to share the secrets of life pen down by the author on the essence of time. His thoughts on time does really opened up another dimension on how I see life as a gift to me cherished upon and lived on. Living ones life based on your own understanding of it and to make each day count whether it is in the time of war or peace.

2. Before ones could understand war and peace, you had to come to grips with the nature of time, with awareness of it as the essence of consciousness. The passage of time was probably the first phenomenon observed by a prehistoric man, thus creating the concept of events succeeding one another in man's primitive experience. Our own each life exists in another dimension and it is different from one another and definitely not similar. Heraclitus saw it five hundred years before Christ, and he wasn't the only one. Time was an eternal struggle between thesis and antithesis; Marx in the next generation, interpreted it as an inevitable conflict between bourgeoisie and the proletariat. Jews, Christians, and Moslems all agreed that time would reach its consummation in a frightening climax i.e. the judgement day.

3. Theoretically, once man had perceived time as a stream of experience, they began trying to measure it, beginning with the sun, the stars, the moon, the two equinoxes, and the wobbly spinning of the earth. In 1583 Galileo discovered the pendulum; seventy-three years later a Dutchman built the first pendulum clock. Splitting the day into 24 hours, or 86,400 seconds, followed. A.M. (ante meridiem, "before noon") and P.M. (post meridiem, "after noon") became accepted concepts on all levels of society - the week, having no scientific validity, varied by as much as three days from one culture to another - and in 1884 the world was divided into twenty-four time zones.

4. The International Date Line, electromagnetic time, confirmation of Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, and the transmission of time signals to ships at sea, beginning in 1904 as navigational aids, united the civilized world in an ordered, if binding, time structure. That is the historic concepts of the ticking time and nothing got to do with the concept of making each time counts as you lived through the life.

5. According to Heraclitus, "No man crosses the same river twice, because the river has changed, and so has the man". Heraclitus believed that the procession of time is the essence of reality, that there is only one earthly life. The riddle of time was baffling because no one knew whether it flowed past men or men passed through it. The point was not picayune, it was infinite. Either life was a one way trip or it was cyclical, with the dead reborn. The life you lived, and the death you died, were determined by which view you held. Often we saw occasion where one man tries to impose his own version of life towards the other and thus resulted in a conflict and hatred.

I'm blessed with my great life within the understanding of my own rhythmic cycles of time 
6. Despite all evidence to the contrary, most thinkers, with the exceptions of the Egyptians era and the twentieth century, had come down hard on the side of rebirth. Plato, Aristotle, the fourteenth century Moslem Ibn Khaldun, and Oswald Spengler believed men and civilization were destined for rehabilitation. So did the biblical prophets; Abraham, Moses, Isaiah and Jesus. All used the same evidence: the generational cycle and the cycle of the seasons. "Truly, truly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but, if it dies, it bears much fruit" - John 12:24.

7. Like it or not, time is really a matter of relevance. We all have rhythms built into us. It wouldn't be much matter if all the timepieces in the world were destroyed. Even animals have a kind of internal clock. Sea anemones expands and contracts with the tides even when they are put in tanks. Men are a little different. John Locke wrote that we only experience time as a relationship between a succession of sensations. No two moments are alike. Often time drags. Often we encounter moments that time fly us by and sometimes time seems to be so long; moving very slowly. There are also occasion arises where time is running out or the leisure of killing of time during ones free hours when the amount of time is stagnant with the cyclic 24 hours a day that never changed. Depending on the relevancy of moments ones encounter.

8. Truly is, time really is relative. Einstein wasn't the first to discover it - the ancients knew it, too, and so did some of the modern mystics. In our memories, as in our dreams, they are set pieces which you live on and on, overriding what happened afterwards. You hang up time up in great bells in a tower, you keep time ticking in a delicate pulse upon your wrist, you imprison time within the small, coiled wafer of watch.  But each man has his own rhythms, a separate time to lived, to make it count, to be pondered upon and to be understood. That is the essence of life, and whomever holds the key to grips time, he holds the key to a great meaningful life.

Reference: William Manchester, Goodbye, Darkness - A Memoir of The Pacific War, Little, Brown and Company, 1980. pp. 294 - 297.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Gunung Raya, Langkawi

Teddy at the peak of Gunung Raya overlooking the west coast of Langkawi
I went up the peak of Gunung Raya in Langkawi on my second day at the island. My good friend Tuan Shahruddin brought me, Luqman and Syukri for an intrinsic visit at the highest peak of the island. I never went up to Gunung Raya before, just merely looking at the car windows whenever I commute between Padang Matsirat and Kuah Town. I guess it was my lucky day as Tuan Shahruddin pursuant to be troubled by my request as we strengthen our friendship since 2009. He has been my mentor since I knew him during my Tourism days.
Teddy and at the background the cabinet house
I was told that, during Tun Mahathir time as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, he once brought up the whole cabinet ministers for a meeting at the Gunung Raya peak. Perhaps with the intentions of seeding some perspectives towards his cabinet ministers of how great the island is with it's vast potentials. I guess it doesn't work much as the old man seems to be too visionary for a 20th Century ministers. We took the same road that lead to the Galeria Perdana and the junction heading to the peak is just besides Galeria Perdana.


Luqman near the small resevoir of the waterfalls
It was quite a long ride as we head up to the peak. Along the way we saw a small waterfall just beside the quiet road. Tuan Shahruddin stop by so that we can taste and feel the freshness and coolness of its reservoir. As we arrived at the peak, we can see a magnificent view of the whole island be it overlooking the Kuah Town or the Padang Matsirat area. The air is so cool and as the dusk wind blow upon us, I felt like I was in overseas as the winds are cooler then Genting Highland breeze. It was really a lovely spectacle especially as the sun sets down over the west coast area.

View overlooking Kuah Town
Me and at the background view overlooking Padang Matsirat 
However, I was rather disappointed to see that at the peak, the main building were not so lively with tourist as we are told that it hasn't been develop and innovate as a unique tourism products for the tourist and very much neglected. Looking at the abandoned restaurant and the empty resorts, I guess LADA hasn't been doing a very good job compared to the potentials of the place and it's unique location. I took some photos and perhaps my viewers can appreciate it as much as we does. As we descend the peak, I went back to my hotel with very much criticism upon LADA in my head.

Quiet resort

Monday, 21 May 2012

Visiting The Loaf at Telaga Habour, Langkawi

Fadhli, me and Luqman in front of The Loaf at Telaga Habour
I'm in Langkawi and took the liberty of my free time visiting Telaga Habour to get re-acquainted myself with the island. It has been an almost exclusive visit for me nowadays since my Tourism day as I didn't get that much of oppurtunity to visit the island. Me and my friends went to the famous bakery in Telaga Habour which is The Loaf opened up by the former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir. The bread was really good, puffy and delicious. But nothing can compare to the serenity and tranquality of the park as you can see luxurious yacht parked there. However, I am quite dissappointed to see the decreasing in number of tourists to Langkawi. Perhaps in facing the competitive tourism products from Southern Thailand and Vietnam, we could do more to attract high end tourist here in Langkawi. For the island to be develop as the number one tourist attraction place in Southeast Asia, the tourism products must come from a passionate entrepreneurs and not the government spending beforehand. That will create a unique factor which can easily beat off vibrant night clubs in Phuket or Krabi. I hope much can be done by the policy makers as we are just seeing a 15% of Langkawi opening up of its true potentials. 

Saturday, 12 May 2012

The calmness of Alor Setar

Me at Tun Mahathir house
I went to Alor Setar last Thursday for a work visit. While waiting for our return flight scheduled at night, a good friend of mine, En. Zul brought us to see the other side of Alor Setar town which we never knew before.

Luckily for us En. Zul is also a history enthusiast and much we can learn from each other. He brought us to the old town of Alor Setar (the Chinese and the Malay town). We passed through the old MAHA clinics that was once saw Tun Mahathir practice medical and gave free service to the poor peoples of Alor Setar. It is located at the old Malay town and currently used as a pharmacy (not the current MAHA clinic located in front of the Pekan Rabu).

Tanjung Chali
En. Zul also brought us to Tanjung Chali that was once the quay where traders anchored and offload their cargo for Alor Setar. Currently the location sits a small custom office a reminder of the bustling port before the World War 2. I presume it was named after an English officer name Charlie, and maybe locals pronounced it Chali (by listening), but please correct me if I'm wrong on this. Boy sure this place is the most calm place I ever saw in Alor Setar. By dusk you can see the most beautiful sunset simmer down on the city. Truly is beautiful.

Chettiar alley

The old Chinese town was once a bustling place for trade, and En. Zul showed us the Chettiar alley where in those days Tamils chetty offered loans for traders and locals. They still operates there today, but most of the shops owned by them are rented to local Chinese for groceries store. We also visits the site for a river crossing where locals still use sampan/ kolek (small rafts) with a modest fare of 30 cents. We talked to the owner of this service, and he told us that during high seasons he could get up to RM50 per day. It reminds me of an old P. Ramlee movie in Anakku Sazali.

Sampan/ kolek service to cross the narrow straits in old China town
Others than that, En. Zul also brought us to the site - origins of Alor Setar town. Located near the Zahir Mosque where an alor (small drains) leads to the river nearby and sits a Setar trees hence the name Alor Setar (Setar trees usually grows near a small ditch). I was really happy to be there really I am, because I now understand thoroughly the history of the Alor Setar and its origins and place of start. Quite a humble beginning for a beautiful city.

The site where Alor Setar starts, humble beginning for a beautiful city
We also stop by at the birthplace of Tun Mahathir. I begin to understand how he became such a calm person during his tenure as Prime Minister. The Alor Setar city itself is a very calm place. I wish you all could be with me through out the day, Tanjung Chali, chettiar alley and the river near Tun Mahathir house. This place encapsulates you totally with calmness and seeds you to be a person who embrace your surroundings with love and a great life. Other than that, En. Zul also showed us the favorite hotel of the late Tunku Abdul Rahman known as Royal Hotel located beside a river in the heart of Alor Setar city. Tunku frequented the hotel whenever he went back to Alor Setar during his lifetime. As an honor to the great man, it was named Royal Hotel and still operates today.

I believe there is much about Alor Setar and Kedah that I need to explore and understand, and as I told most of my good friends, I am always be in love with Kedah and its peoples. They always treat me with love and compassion when I went there. I'm truly grateful to God for this love which you can't really explain unless you experience it. 


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

My visit to Gemas farm

Teddy under the green house fertigation system for Cili Kulai

9th May 2012 - I visited one of the many agro farms located in the heart of Negeri Sembilan. I always believe that for Malaysian to venture into high end farmings it should be done with the help of high technology. By investing into such scheme, it will help in maximizing the quality of the products and also the quantity of yields per acre (total capitalism concepts).

Malaysia is a blessed country, receiving a high density of rain, ample sunlight with high quality of top soil that can be turn into a high tech farming activities. The market for these agro products will be more opened perhaps with the free trade agreements signed by Malaysia and other countries. Malaysian should see foreign market as a motivating factor to get involved with agro industries.

That's starfruit trees three more years for first harvesting
And as the country keeps developing and growing with the handsome of total household incomes everymonths, we would see more demands for luxury food items such as starfruit, dragon fruit, jackfruit and top quality vegetables that can be marketed. Not to mention the rise of agro tourism among the well off citizens. Certainly agro industries in this country has never been this exciting. 

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Volunteerism and self satisfaction

Me in Port Dickson
6 May 2012 - I was given a rare opportunity today to get involve into an event organized between Ministry of Tourism and the National Service Dept where we try to inculcate the importance of volunteerism work among our youth for community work. It was great since I have the opportunity to meet my close friends from Tourism. 

Pulau Burung with magnificent mangroves trees photos taken at sunset by me

It was truly is a great experience as a one day Deyjay. Meeting younger youth of cohorts with lots of vigor and energy for community work just completes your day. Even though at the early hour it was raining heavily, but that doesn't stop us from having a great day cleaning the whole beach and come noon it was perfect with lots of fun and enjoyable activities. I arrived a day early for the program and Port Dickson beach was full of local tourists camping near the beach. And there is this beautiful pier newly developed by the state government between Pantai Cahaya and Pulau Burung. It is a must visit place. I will post some of the photos later as soon as I got it from my friend Afzan.

The concert held by the Ministry of Tourism for the visitors yesterday bring a lot of memories back especially from the day I was involved organizing it. I was really happy to see my close friends back, Lin, Syafik, Zuhairi, Wafa and all just cemented deeply my love to MOTOUR. The were asking the same question again and again of when will I be back? I guess the answer is clearly written on my forehead.

Teddy with younger cousins and staff at one of the Wat in Tumpat

The day before I went to Port Dickson, I was invited by the Ministry of Agriculture for the ceremony of Prime Minister officiating the Rural Transformation Centre in Kelantan. I also manage to find time visiting the city of Tumpat and many of the wat for the Siamese Buddhist there. I guess there is so many of the tourism products that can be develop in Kelantan, but none in the political will dept.

Will post some of the photos from my visit later.

Faces of Tun Teddy

Faces of Tun Teddy