Thursday, October 23, 2014


M E N G H I T U N G  H A R I

Wahai anakku,
Sesiapa yang kamu bertemu, itulah manusia yang ditakdirkan Allah untuk muncul di hidupmu pada waktu itu. Ia bukan satu kebetulan, tapi satu ketentuan. Setiap manusia di keliling kamu membawa mesej sesuatu untuk dipelajari kamu atau membantu kamu dalam hal-hal yang sedang dihadapi kamu.

Wahai anakku,
Setiap apa yang berlaku pada hidup kamu, itu adalah perkara yang ditakdirkan berlaku pada waktu itu. Apa yang kamu alami tidak mungkin berlaku dalam cara yang lain selain daripada cara yang Allah izinkan ia berlaku. Tiada ruang untuk andaian kamu: “Kalau sedemikian, mungkin ia boleh dielakkan.” Ingatlah wahai anakku, setiap apa yang kamu alami adalah sempurna, dan ia bersesuaian dengan keperluan kamu ketika itu sebagaimana yang dirancang Allah.

Wahai anakku,
Setiap waktu yang berlaku sesuatu perkara adalah masa terbaik untuk perkara tersebut berlaku. Tiada apa boleh berlaku tanpa keizinan-Nya, maka dengan itu, waktu segala apa yang berlaku ialah waktu yang paling sesuai untuk ia berlaku untuk kamu. Asalkan kamu bersedia, setiap waktu adalah waktu terbaik untuk kamu memulakan langkah.

Wahai anakku,
Segala apa yang berakhir, sudah berakhir. Ia mudah sebagaimana titik noktah di penghujung setiap ayat. Apabila ada perkara yang berakhir di hidup kamu, sesuatu yang baru akan bermula. Jika ia ada di ingatan, ia boleh berkekalan. Apabila ia tamat, ia adalah satu permulaan yang baru.

Wahai anakku,
Kamu terbaca tulisan ini bukan satu kebetulan. Kalau tulisan ini menyentuh sanubari kamu, ia juga bukan satu kebetulan. Ia menandakan masa kamu sudah tiba untuk memahami sesuatu sebagaimana sekeping salji tidak mungkin jatuh di tempat yang salah. Kongsilah kepada mereka yang memerlukannya. Perkongsian kamu bukan satu kebetulan.


Dipetik dari FB Dato' Tuan Ibrahim bin Tuan Man (Official)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Bambangan is a type of wild mango with brown skin and a strong pungent smell. This fruit usually not eaten fresh except when it is sweet and ripe enough. Bambangan is best made into a pickle or cooked with fish for a distinctive flavour. It also can be fried with onion and chilli and served as a side-dish or sambal.

To pickle a Bambangan, chopped the peeled fruit and then mixed with its own grated seed to make the flavour more delicious! The yellow the colour of the flesh inside the sweeter it taste.

Bambangan is a well known fruit for the Sabahan people (Sabah, Malaysia) especially among the Kadazan and Dusun tribes. But nowadays, it is getting popular among every race in Sabah. The tree is very tall and it takes long years to mature and bear its fruits. It can only be found in Northern and Western area of Borneo. This Mangifera species belongs to the Anachronistic family in the order of Sapience. There are about 600 species in 70 genera in the family which are mostly subtropical and tropical woody trees and shrubs.

Nikon D90 with Tamron 90mm
Location : Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Friday, September 19, 2014

Baccaurea Angulata

Baccaurea Angulata or locally known as ‘Belimbing Dayak’ or ‘Belimbing Hutan’ is an underutilized fruit indigenous to Borneo with its proximate analysis and antioxidant values are yet to be explored.  It is also known as 'Belimbing Api', 'Buah Uchong', 'Belimbing Tampoi' and 'Rambai Hutan'.  The trees grow in wild and may reach up to 10 meters tall and profusely branched. The fruits are red to purple in color and available in loads during fruits season.  The fruits are grouped in Euphorbiaceae together with ‘Rambai’, ‘Tampoi’, and ‘Jentik-Jentik’

From the outside, this wild fruit resemble a Jackfruit (Belimbing), however the flesh inside looks similar to 'Rambai", "Duku" or "Langsat".  The white flesh can be eaten fresh while the sourish skins are used in cooking by the rural communities.  Studies shown that Baccaurea Angulata is a good source of natural antioxidant with significant health benefits.

Reference : Click Here

Nikon D90 with Tamron 90mm
Location : Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ticklish Nibbling Fish

This fish massage is believed to have curative effect on those who suffer from psoriasis.  You can find this activity at Tagal Sungai Moroli in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia.

The word 'tagal' in the local kadazan-dusun dialect means 'no fishing'. The main purpose of 'tagal' is to preserve the environment as well as the ecosystem of the river for the benefit of the generations to come. The Pelian fish or the Malaysian Mahseer originates from the family of Cyprinidae.

Here, Ruth, a student from Kota Kinabalu is feeding these fish with special food bought from this place and letting the fish sucking it from her hand.  And yeah, her expression tells it all.

Most of the fish are quite large, with length more than a feet.  The Tagal concept enable these fish to grow undisturbed and villagers are only allowed to catch them during the breaking of Tagal season.

And how does it feels? It feels like a slimy small vacumm sucking hard like a baby.  These fish does not have any teeth, however due to the pressure when it sucks your hand or feet, the skin may show harmless reddish spot.

This Tagal concept are practice at rivers mostly on western Sabah.  Some of it are at Kiulu River, Tambunan River, Moyog River and Mari-Mari Village.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 18-105mm
Location : Tagal Sungai Moroli in Kampung Luanti, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Damai Eco Ranch

A Peaceful View of Damai Eco Ranch at Morning Sunrise

 Damai Eco Ranch is a resort with a concept of modern countryside experience. It offers a wide range of leisure activities, be it if you want to experience peaceful and calm atmosphere away from the city, or you want an adventurous and challenging activities. It is suitable for those who wish to spend time with family and friends on the weekend or during school holidays.

Damai Eco Ranch is located between Ranau-Sandakan road and Poring Hot Spring. Driving from Ranau Township to Damai Eco Ranch only takes about 15 minutes. You can easily get a taxi or bus with cheap fares in Ranau Township. If you have problem finding a transport, you can contact the administration of Damai Eco Ranch and they will arrange a vehicle to pick you up from where you are to Damai Eco Ranch. Fee will be charged according to the number of passengers and the location where you are fetched.

I planned to take photographs of Milky Way or Star Trail or Night Photography at the night before.  However due to uncontrollable tiredness and out of inspiration, out of motivation, I only gaze briefly at the moon lighted sky and wish I would have the chance someday.  In the morning, with brisk of hope and leftovers inspiration came out of nowhere, I walked around the ranch armed with my old D90 feeling everything I could sense in this place.  I love the light of early sunrise touching my skin and especially the light when it falls on the Eco Ranch's Cabin.

Photo above is another version of the earlier morning sunrise.  When the sun goes up at Damai Eco Ranch, all the countryside smell of morning dew, clean atmosphere and cow's manure filling up the air, enlighten all living souls.

Nikon D90 with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
Location : Damai Eco Ranch, Kg. Lohan, Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia

Monday, September 8, 2014

Murut Costume

Sylvie posed with her Murut costume from the district of Nabawan, Sabah, Malaysia.

The Murut are an indigenous ethnic group, comprising 29 sub-ethnic groups inhabiting northern inland regions of Borneo.  A large percentage of the Murut communities are in the southwest interior of Sabah, East Malaysia, specifically the districts of Keningau, Tenom, Nabawan, and Pensiangan, along the Sapulut and Padas rivers. They can also be found inhabiting the border areas of Sarawak, (especially around the Lawas and Limbang areas, where they are also referred to as Tagal people), East Kalimantan (in Malinau and Nunukan) and Brunei.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 50mm
Location : Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Rungus Costume

Dana with her Rungus Costume during 1Malaysia Independence Celebration at SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin.  The Rungus are an ethnic group of Borneo, residing primarily in northern Sabah in the area surrounding Kudat. A sub-group of the Kadazan-Dusun, they have a distinctive language, dress, architecture, customs, and oral literature.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 50mm
Location : Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ruang dan Masa

Kerja, Keluarga, Anak-Anak, Tanggungjawab, Hobi, mengisi perjalanan masa kita.  Emosi, Suara, Gelora, Keluhan, Rintihan, Desakan, Harapan, menguasai keseluruhan ruang keberadaan kita.  Di manakah kita?  Mengalir bersama ayunan masa dan alunan ruang. Diam atau Riuh nya ruang itu tetap menuruti garisan Qada dan Qadar-Nya.  Utarakan alasanmu sehebat mana, Pecutkan usahamu sejauh mana, namun tidak akan melintasi garisan halus itu, sehalus rasa yang disangkal akal.  Dan bila masa itu tiba, tiba-tiba, sekelip mata, tanpa isyarat mahupun dengan tanda, barulah kita umpama sedar, betapa perjalanan itu kita persia-siakan.

Diamlah seketika, Tutup matamu, Buka hatimu, Tarik nafasmu, Hentikan masa, Pegunkan ruang itu dan amatilah.  Pulanglah....Marilah Pulang...

Innalillahi WaInna Ilaihi Rojiun.
Semoga kita dan mereka diampuni segala dosa, dilapangkan kubur, dan kembali pada-Mu, Allahu Robbi dengan jiwa yang tenang dan Engkau redhai.  Semata-mata kerana-Mu, Hanya kerana-Mu.  Titik.

Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Damai Dengan Takdir-Nya

"Kebahagiaan itu ialah sejauh mana kita berdamai dengan takdir-Nya"

Monday, August 25, 2014

Baby's Love

Baby Adam giving a love gesture.
Nikon D90 with 50mm f1.4
Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Monday, August 18, 2014


Location : Kompleks Belia dan Sukan, Putatan, Sabah
Canon EOS 70D (Courtesy of Stefan Oceandu Greater)
Ef-s 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Once Upon A Dream

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Konvokesyen Pra-Universiti 2013

Graduation and Convocation Day for STPM Pre University of 2012/2013 Session of SMK Datuk Peter Mojuntin.  Another phase in life already a yesterday  marking a new one for tomorrow.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Location : Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rasa I

Bila rasa ini rasamu
Yang wujud tanpa temu
Yang hilang tanpa rindu

 Dikatakan gula rasanya manis
Dicicipi garam masin rasanya
Berbahagialah adanya rasa walau secebis
Kerna itu anugerah-Nya.

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Location : Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Kotobian Tadau Mongingia

Sweet, cute and beautiful Happy Teacher's Day card from my ICT958 students session of 2013/2014.
Good Luck and All The Best for your Semester 2 Examination sweethearts...

Nikon D90 with Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Location : DPM Penampang, Sabah, Malaysia

Friday, January 3, 2014

Perfect Imperfection

Love this Ice Cream Coloured Rose

Nikon D90 with Tamron SP90
Location : Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

That Year The Wind Blows

 That Year The Wind Blows

That year the wind blows
ransacking every single thing on its path
its journey unknown
its target unidentified
no matter how hard it tries
this long grass stand still
this clouds unimpressed
this house unmoved
even when the winds surrender
they keep still....

[ s u r i e  a z i z ]

And here another version so beautifully said which I loved it very much from Rumi :

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be cleaning you out
For some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from the beyond.

[ r u m i ]

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Its Just Another New Day

1st January 2014...
Its just another new day with a smile
Another addition to the age
Another chance to be better
Life goes on..
Lets just hope for the best..
For tomorrow is not ours
But today is...

Happy New Year 2014

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