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Ending Shawal, a Home-Coming

Dated 2018G Jul 13 Fri 29 Shawal 1439H

It was still a very much 'shawalness' for the last two weeks of Shawal, the first two weeks of Jul. And we were mostly in Sg Merab.

Jul 6 Fri 22 Shawal, accompanying NA in SIME DARBY CONVENTION CENTRE KIARA, in her MNRB RAYA. Similar event last year was in FELDA PERDANA JLN SEMARAK.

Jul 7 Sat 23 Shawal, accompanying NA in KISAS KLANG, in her RAYA REUNION. One of NA's batch was DR FAIS, a neighbour in Sg Merab, a son of the late Utz Jamli, a residence pioneer in the area in the late 1980's.

And Jul 8 Sun 24 Shawal, 4-beranak, a quick visit to MASJID AL-UM, Sub-Sec-1/3 BB BANGI for a couple of objectives. It was an open invitation for the MASJID Shawal celebration. I started spotting the Masjid being built as early as in 2014 when I was detached from UNIZA and returned full time in Sg Merab. The place was where we first settled in BANGI, Jalan 1/3C, in 1983 upon returning from England to resume academic career in UKM, then had moved from PANTAI BHARU to BANGI since 1978. Many ex-neighbours are still there. NA needed to see Utzh Mukminah to pass on her cousin's number as both were very close class mates during school days, and had not been seeing each other for decades. She's an ex-Ustazah in SRK Jln-2 who taught the top four of my children, and the wife of Dr Shafie Abu Bakar ex-YB of BB Bangi. Since the neighbourhood is one of the earliest opened, many of my ex-colleagues live in the area. In all, it was quite a reunion.

And still Jul 8 Sun 24 Shawal, after the AL-UM visit, DRVTGG with NA, bye-ed by CB-ASRI, for a few days, to tend to NA's matters in KTRG as well as in KEMAMAN. And while in TGG, made a daily trip, Jul 10 Tue 26 Shawal 1439H, to JERTEH to see the orchard. Durian was in mind. Both in P-Panjang and Tok Bugis.

Jul 11 Wed 27 Shawal 1439H, DRV-KEMAMAN, in the first leg, where in the CT, NA amicably settled her matter which otherwise would take today and tomorrow for the hearing. And with that, as early as 11, continued with DRV-KEMAMAN-KUL.

Arrived early in SG MERAB home. And timely to fetch SB in KLIA at night, who was on a Thai Airline from GERMANY on a home-coming session summer break. Perhaps this is the marker for the Shawal end. And SB's staying through to after Eid Haji.



Extending Shawal to TRG

Dated 2018G Jun 30 Sat 16 Shawal 1439H

It wasn't so much about extending the RAYA in TRG, but was rather of HOME COMING, except for RUBY and MALINI et al. Nonetheless, a daily trip to Jerteh was made on Jun 19 Tue 5 Shawal. NA's primary objective was to find a worker to clean her orchard in Tok Bugis, and was trying to search through NA's cousin Kak Komek who stays nearby. Obviously P-Panjang and Padang Luas were not skipped. And that was after attending a WALIMAH of NA's colleague in MOTEL DESA, Jun 18 Mon 4 Shawal.

Staying in W-Tengah, ample time was thus available to do the DIY around the house. With a proper management, cu4 could deliver quite a help. And constantly in TOK JEMBAL. Even extending to in Shawal-8 (Raya-6) annual cleaning of KALANG ARANG graveyard where my father (1972) and my mother (1989) were rested. In the while MALINI et al returned to KL Jun 21 Thu 7 Shawal, night.

Jun 23 Sat 9 Shawal, accompanied NA, attending TRG BAR Raya event in one homestay in KAMPUNG LAUT. I am now a familiar spouse among NA's friends, especially the seniors. In the early morning, RUBY et al left for KL, ASRI rode together, ending their extended RAYA break in TRG.

The Jun ending was marked by the first Walimah of Prof Hadi, for the wedding of his #1daughter in his BB Salak Tinggi home. As I contemplated to NA, his most important acquaintances are not from his career time, be it in UM, or UNIZA, but from the school time. The full-board MCKK. The much earlier english-medium version of SAS. And the acquaintances came in drops. Continuously. And one of them was ex-NC of UKM, Tan Sri Prof Dr Salleh Yassin, the UKM NC who exited UKM in 2006 Aug, eight months before I did in 2007 Apr. He came across me when I was the Faculty ICT coordinator who would attend the monthly meeting he chaired. And the rendz was after a strolling with ex-NC of UNIZA (ex-UDM), the first NC since the University inception in 2006, Dato Prof Dr Alias Daud, who exited in 2013, a year before I did in 2014.

Jerteh-KT route, Jun 19 Tue 5 Shawal 1439H, by the beach or hinterland were congested as always during the festive season. The congestion on the beach route was partly due to the gravitational pull of the PANTAI EKOR (Rhu-10) ICT.

Jun 24 Sun 10 Shawal, day-trip DRV-JERTEH again, in WIRA, carrying the MOWING complete set. Intended to mow in TOK BUGIS as well as in P-PANJANG. But somehow the former was arranged already. And thus focused on the latter which turned out to have consumed all the strength. It would have been impossible to make in a day for both. It wasn't a small matter as in Sg Merab, or even in W-Tengah. Tok Jembal is a minion.

And to Jerteh again, for the third time during this DRVTGG, Jun 26 Tue 12 Shawal, after the event in the STADIUM. But the DURIAN was not quiet ready yet for frenzy fall.

Jun 27 Wed 13 Shawal, end of TRG extended Shawal, it's time for DRVKUL. On the LPT2-free, classic h-way AJIL-JERANGAU-JABOR, thus saving enough for the afternoon treat in Gambang RR.

Jun is ending, and going together with it is half of the year 2018. Just praying for a similar half of the year. At the home front, NA just starting to get embedded in Sg Merab more than in TRG. And in Jul, every one is looking forward for SB's returning for the home summer break.

An incident happened during the Walimah. The elder brother in-law of Kak Emi arrived from Bukit Besi when NA and I arrived. And conversation ensued. He's CG Zol, a staff of Teknologi Pendidikan in Bukit Besi. Respectively noting that Bukit Besi is a town of comers, the chat detoured to his parents origin. Tok Jiring. I said I have many relatives in Tok Jiring. The name EMBONG TOLIB popped up, which was his grandfather. All other related persons he mentioned were with the names I am familiar with. When he showed the img of hid grandfather the next day, I recognised instantly. POK NGOH EMBONG. My father's close cousin during their young days when I was a boy growing up in Kalang Arang. He stayed in Seberang Alor. Towards his end he moved to Tanjung Jaafar, the area of my playground in 1963 end before I resumed my schooling in 1964 Jan. And w-msg criss-crossed among the group for a few days. But still I knew none of the anak cucu of Pok Ngoh Embong. My last rendz with Pok Ngoh Embong was in 1984 Sep 17 Mon, in PAYA DATU, in my in-law's home, while they were in MAKKAH performing Haj. It was on the day of Azizah's mother's father, Tokki Jain, passed away. Pok Ngoh Embong was care taking the jenazah. Pok Ngoh Embong passed on 1994, Q1, much later than my father, 1972, and my mother, 1989.



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