Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Brother's Charges

These pictures were taken many years ago at various locations. During the recent festive holidays there were some requests from my nephews and nieces to see my collection of slides and photos. These may be of interest to those featured. Those whose photos are not here will get to see them as and when later.

Nostalgia Series #5
Dec 1974: Ipoh
Image1: Ghafar with Ebby

 Image2: Munah's turn with Ebby

 Image3: Shadah, Munah with Ebby and Saba

Dec 1974: K.Pilah
Image1: Adura and Abang Am at Grandma's

Dec 1975: Ipoh
Image1 : Adura with Ebby

 Image2: Abang Am playing downstairs

June1978: PJ
Image1: Razak,Hafee,Dayang,Ebby and Abang Am

 Image2: Adura,Dayang,Ebby and Abang Am

 Image3: Dayang found something on Pak Teh's car

 Image4: Abang Am,Ebby and Dayang

June 1979 PJ
Image1: Shadah,Hafi,Adura and Ebby

 June1981 TTDI                                                      
Image1: Hafi,Alifi,Dayang and Adura
Back Row: Alizi,Abang Am and Ebby

 Oct 1982 TTDI
Image1: Abang Am,Alizi,Faiz,Adura and Dayang

Image2: Azlan all by himself

Apr 1985 Ampang Park
Image1: Nana and Azlan

Image2: The 2 again

Image3: Ebby and someone

Image4: Abang Am and Azlan

Image5: Abang Am and Dayang

Image6: Azlan and Nana

Image7: The 2 again

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Merdeka Day

Image1: Our first Prime Minister YAM Tengku Abdul Rahman being received upon arrival in conjunction with the Silver Jubilee of Merdeka in 1982
(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Utusan Malaysia)

Image2: FDC of the Silver Jubilee 1957-1982

Image3: Souvernir Sheet of the 4 stamps

FDC Series # 01/11 – Silver Jubilee of Merdeka 1957-1982

Merdeka Day ( Aug 31st) and Malaysia Day (Sept 16th )

For this year, 2011,we’re celebrating both the 2 auspicious days jointly on Sept 16, 2011 ie  The 54th Anniversary of Independence, Merdeka Day and the 48th Anniversary of the formation of Malaysia, Malaysia Day.

I do not wish to dwell on the details relating to both these important days. It could be dealt with at other forums that are available. One can google for Wikipedia to get a fair picture.

What triggered off the idea for this posting was a pictorial report in a local daily of our first Prime Minister, YAM Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj who was shown  on the occasion of the 25th Merdeka  Anniversary in 1982 (see above) it being the Silver Jubilee 1957-82 of Merdeka.

 I thought it would be meaningful for me to rummage through my collections of FDCs (First Day Covers) to see if there is one. True enough, I have it. In fact not just one but a few, 25 pieces altogether.  I have given some away during the recent Hari Raya which fell on Aug 30th ( in appreciation of those who came visiting ) Each of these FDCs issued on Aug 31st 1982 is ‘29 years old’. I wonder how much is the value now. Not much I think but there is a difference from what I had paid definitely.  

There were a 10,15,50 and 80cts stamps affixed and cancelled at the Philatelic Bureau at Dayabumi  ( a special cancellation unlike at other Post Offices) There was also a special issue of all the 4 stamps in a Souvenir sheet at RM1.55 per set. Altogether I would have spent RM 1.55 for the Souvenir Sheet and RM1.65 for the FDC ( including 10ct for the envelope) making a total of RM3.20cts per set.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Lizard

Image1: A Leopard Gecko
(Photo Credit, courtesy of Google)

Image2: A Leopard Gecko being handled by a pet owner
(Photo Credit, courtesy of Google)

Image3: I found this little creature in the backyard one morning. It is just a common lizard in the bush called cengkarung (of no monetary value)

The Elusive Cure

I happened to run smack into a little creature on the stalk of my papaya tree. I took some snapshots at different times but mostly for two mornings

It’s been variously described as an animal holding out. Its ancestors were dated to the dinosaurs' era. It’s distant cousins are the alligators , fresh water crocodiles,monitor lizards, the desert dhab and the Komodo dragon.

Interestingly enough, all these ‘cousins’ were known to us before. They  were either to be avoided (alligators and crocodiles) treated with respect or considered a nuisance (house lizards) or even as barbecued offerings for those adventurous enough and not squeamish about having them for dinner.

What was surprising was that in recent times one of these geckos have been adopted as pets . They came in different colours and texture and traded and exchanged among pet owners. Not enough with that a report recently had them as a cure for AIDS and priced accordingly at close to USD1000 or even double that in the Philippines.

What people will pay for the elusive cure!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Azhar Growing Up!

A Recent Snapshot: Azhar with his office colleague Syam

Nostalgia Series #4
These are selected snapshots of Azhar. I have a lot of coloured slides gathering dust in one corner. I decided to post some selected ones here (which otherwise Azhar himself might not even have seen , especially the earlier ones)
1988 TTDI K. Lumpur
Very modest 1st birthday cake-cutting
From Left: Hank, Azhar cutting the cake and Hafidz

Image: 2. At the airport lounge

1988 Subang Airport
Image: 1. Azhar snugly in his pram awaiting embarkation to the USA

Image: 2. At the airport lounge
1988 Japan
Transit in a Tokyo hotel awaiting connecting flight in the evening. Azhar with his mama, Shadah

1988 Chicago's O'Hare Airport, USA
Awaiting connecting flight to Orlando, Florida with brother Hafidz.  Azhar gleefully holding his boarding pass

1988 At the Epcot Centre, Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Image: 1. Saying 'Hello' to Pinnoccio upon arrival at Disney World

Image: 2 Disney Main Street
Image: 3 Disney Main Street
From Left: Shadah, Azlin and Hafidz. and Little Azhar in the pram

The Dome in the background at the Epcot Centre

1988 Florida
Visiting the Crocodile sanctuary on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida
with sis Azlin
1988 Kissimmee , Florida
Window shopping at a Mall
1990 TTDI K. Lumpur
Azhar with his 1st vehicle before his MyV

1995 Los Angeles Disneyland
Image 1: Azhar with his Mama Shadah

Image: 2 At the Shark and Dolphin Enclosures

Image: 3 Patting the dolphin
Image: 4 In front of the famous Walt Disney castle with sis Azlin

Image: 5 In front of Dumbo the Baby Elephant ride

1995 Los Angeles Universal Studios
Image: 1 Waiting to see the various attractions
From Left: Hafidz, Hank, Azlin, Mama Shadah and Azhar

Image: 2 Meeting cowboy Woody of Toy Story fame

1996: Pulau Tioman
By the rocks after a swim
1997: Singapore
Image: 1 Jurong Bird-Park with  Mama Shadah

Image: 2 Underwater World

Image: 3 A swim at Sentosa Island, Singapore

1997: Bali, Indonesia
1998: Sacramento, USA
The gentleman joined us as he was playing alone. He played only 1 nine with us.

1998: Lake Tahoe/ Reno USA
Image: 1 Azhar experiencing snow for the first time

Image: 2 Azhar waiting his turn for the snow scooter. Actually the scooter rink was a part of the local golf course converted such during winter.

Image: 3 Azhar on board with Azlin

Image: 4 A snapshot before having lunch at Lake Tahoe

1998: Marine World, Vellajo (located south near San Francisco)
Image: 1 Azhar, Azlin, Bonda Mariam (Shadah's Mom) and Shadah

Image: 2 Azhar enjoying his favourite, his ice cream. In the back-ground the twisting roller-coaster.