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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The good values of Abe Yie

My cousins, Abe Yie and me during the second day of Eid 2012

Actually I've been meaning to write something about my good friend Abe Yie. I just don't know how to pen my thoughts. Looking for the right words and phrases as I'm afraid that I might portrayed less than what I really should on the good values of this man.

I've known Abe Yie for years, since the day when I was in Tourism. A good friend of mine Dian introduce me to him. Ever since our relationship is close as ever, more like a brother. His real name is Mohd Sulhi and at that time he works in the Dept of Custom in Port Klang. Abe Yie probably the Malay enigmatic figures that are close to extinction or maybe colloquial to the most cliche Malays proverbs ever given to a Malay man, "lelaki Melayu Kelantan terakhir". His interest is the Dikir Barat (Kelantan folk songs) which he enjoys very much writing the songs himself and composing the music. He also plays the gendang ibu (musical instrument) and others traditional musical instruments mostly for dikir barat performance.

I respect this guy so much. In a way he taught me that life is doing something that you really love doing, and do it with full honesty. Honesty is the word. It hit straight to your heart. Abe Yie taught me to never be afraid of taking risk for something that you love doing. He also taught me that life is all about colors and uniqueness in oneself that created the zen of life. If you dare enough to dream, go and realize it. When you do something, do with full honesty.

Abe Yie now no longer works for the Custom Dept. He took an early option to concentrate fully on his career which is dikir barat performance. Most of his friends taught that he has gone mad by unravel the complacency of working in the government services. But he went ahead throwing away the safety net just to chase a dream. Currently Abe Yie is attached with Astro often performs for the Warna channel - Karoot Komedia X. His show is also nominated for the Asia's most authentic show (portraying local culture). But more often you will hear him says that all the efforts are not his alone, more by learning from the great maestro Sabri Yunus in script writing and choreographing a performance. But I know he contributes a lot in it.

Every now and then he invited me to watch him perform at Finas studio, Hulu Klang. He also told me he's been getting a lot of performance offers either local or international. Looking at him now, you can clearly see the happiness on his face most of it during his dikir barat performance. I always joke with him that his face looks brighter and happier whenever I saw him on TV with that authentic smiles, he replied that he did something that he loves and it shows naturally. What more important to him is that his fight to bring back the glory days of dikir barat looks bright.

Last raya I brought my little cousins to visit Abe Yie at his house in Pasir Mas. I was trying to inculcate to my younger cousins that if you have a dream, go and follow it and make it happen. No matter how stupid people might think of you, but you dare to dream it ends by doing it. Do something that you really love doing most and follow the good values of Abe Yie. Then success will follow you. I know Abe Yie can be more than he is now, I just know. 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Keropok Lekor Bukit Tok Beng, Kuala Terengganu

Keropok Bukit Tok Beng, Kuala Terengganu

While I was on my way back to Kuala Lumpur from Kuala Terengganu, I stop by at one of the most popular Keropok Lekor shop. Located at the Kampung Bukit Tok Beng on the way to the airport (Seberang Takir), it was one of the best place for you to buy yourself some Keropok Lekor (fish crackers) to be brought back home. The uniqueness of this shop is that you have to queue to wait for your turn, more often visitors find themselves queuing long hours just to wait for the cashiers to call your number. The system used here is by a number ticket as you've probably encounter most at the government offices. 

The shop counter

We arrived there at noon and most of the customers are waiting for the cashier and counter staff to call their number to be entertain. Through my observation selling Keropok Lekor in Kuala Terengganu is a very good business. I bet the owners are making tens of thousand ringgit a month probably up to seven figures numbers as there were so many customers waiting for their turn and each of them probably bought around RM50-100 per buying. They did prepares the Keropok Lekor near the counter where we were serviced as they were selling and you can see clearly the line mode of preparation. Through my observation also, the owners were using traditional method of boiling the dough using firewood. 

Boiling the Keropok Lekor dough using firewood

My taxi driver also gave me the shop phone number just in case if I will return and looking for a quick turn. Visitors are highly advised to give a call first and book through the phone how much you wanted to buy just to skip the long queue. The number are 019-9130 369 (Keropok Lekor Bukit Tok Beng). I was informed that apart from this shop, there are also numerous location where you can get a very good Keropok Lekor in Kuala Terengganu. Some of the place are Kelulut, Chendering and Chabang Tiga. I wish I could explore Kuala Terengganu more. 

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Kuala Terengganu

Me during the boat ride

I was in Kuala Terengganu during the weekend, it's been years since I came here. So much has changed, Kuala Terengganu itself has been transformed from a backwater place into a very beautiful, clean and booming city. I can't help but notice the beautiful esplanade (Dataran Shahbandar) near the iconic Pasar Payang or the many cranes that are building large hotels near the city center. Petroleum money does really been used for good purposes here. There are also some big development going on also near the hotel where I'm staying where they are doing some land reclamation all the way. 

Some views from my boat ride

Some views from my boat ride

During my free hours I took the opportunity taking a boat ride near the Islamic Heritage Park located near the State's Museum in the Wan Man Island. It cost me RM15 and I do enjoy the boat ride. They took us sight seeing to the nearest small islands around Kuala Terengganu. I was really surprised to know how many small island lies around Kuala Terengganu. You can also see some of the states athletes training for the SUKMA. No wonders they are doing very well in sports.

That's a very odd view coming from Malaysia

The weather in Kuala Terengganu is very hot indeed. During the tour I can't help but notice some very odd views coming from the boat. The Dome of Rock structure for example coming from a place like Kuala Terengganu. The boatman and our tour guide were explaining about the history of the Dome of Rock and it's related stories. Doesn't amuse me much as I'm much more interested to know about the local peoples, local culture and local history. Didn't I mention local? I always believe the most beautiful architecture coming from Terengganu itself is the State's Museum. We don't need to be an Arabs where our own culture is pretty much unique and priceless. Religion got nothing to do with architecture and culture, it's one man life long journey finding God. But that's my personal views about life and religion. Nevertheless you know how often Malays got mix up and confused between being an Arabs and Muslims.

The weather is very hot indeed

With the current rate Kuala Terengganu is developing, I can't wait to see what will hold the place for another five years. Kuala Terengganu is a very clean city indeed and hope they retain it that way. Apart from that there's nothing much to share here. Oh ya, they did make a very good songket. The best in the world!

Faces of Tun Teddy

Faces of Tun Teddy