Sunday, July 26, 2009

Suka Dalam Duka

BUOH SETO TOK MA (Grandma's Mangosteen)

My feelings have been on a rollercoaster ride since yesterday; the ups and the downs tumbling upon me with equal ferocity.

The good news is that husband-wife blogger combo of Kak Teh and Awang Goneng are in town, and God willing, I may get to meet these old acquaintances of mine again after 30 years.

Another cheery bit is that I finally made my acquaintance with bloggers Mamasita, the lovely and youthful-looking Datin from Kuantan, and busybee corporate lady, Kay_Leeda (albeit via the telephone). If all goes well, we are meeting soon. Looks like the blogging sisterhood is expanding its tentacles (not that I'm complaining!)

The downside is the sudden demise of well-known ad supremo and film-maker Yasmin Ahmad whom I first met in the mid '80s. Yasmin had gone on to become a force to reckon with in the local and international advertising industry. All too soon, she is taken away from us. Al-fatihah.

This morning, I accessed my blog, only to be confronted with yet another devastating bit of news, that blogger Bergen, an old chatter friend and fellow "orang kampung" (we both hail from Dungun), is stricken with high-grade sarcoma (bone cancer). This is so tragic, especially since his beloved aunt (who raised him) passed away hardly a year ago. Bergen, our prayers are with you.

On the tail of all these is Pak Zawi and company, offering a ray of hope for the schoolchildren in and around the village of Tok Sangkut in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, via the establishment of Tabung Kebajikan Tok Sangkut (please read

The picture above is that of a painting by talented Cikgu Mazeri Othman (Deen) of Pasir Mas being put up for auction to raise funds for the kids. This is the first of many more such paintings to be so offered for the cause. I can tell it's a lovely piece of work and I am not ashamed to admit that I am smitten.

While not a purebred Kelantanese, one half of me definitely is (courtesy of my maternal grandfather who hailed from Kuala Krai). Flimsy as that may be, I am very proud of this connection. As such, I feel duty-bound to promote this 'Tabung' that aims to assist the future generations of Kelantan in their studies.

Let us do any which way we can to get this Fund rolling. Every little bit helps. Semoga usaha kita diberkati Allah Subhanahu Wata'ala.


mayang mengurai said...

Hi! Apa kabar! Am envious - you meeting up with Kak Teh and the rest. If only I can join you... anyway, have a rollicking time, you gals. And success with the Fund-raising too - semoga your efforts diberkati Allah.

tireless mom said...

Hi Kak Puteri

Banyak sangat illness and death dirasai offlate. Hope all are for the better. He knows what is best kan. We can only pray continuously. Hope to meet soon, Insha Allah.

Naz said...

Kak Puteri,
Hujung tahun nanti I book you pula OK.
Take care!

Kama said...

MM - Don't be. Come join us.. :-) I can do with another 'young-at-heart' blogger! By the way, why the snail pace? Letih I tunggu you update your blog..

TM - Indeed. My heart sentiasa sebak dengan grieving these days. Allah swt Maha Mengetahui why all these happen.. tentu ada hikmahnya.

Naz - Insyaallah kalau dipanjangkan umur, we shall meet when you are back.

A w a n g said...

Kak Kama, gambo kat atas tu buah manggis kan, semeta kan orang tranung kate. Buah seto tu adalah buah setiar,dia kaler kuning, isi dalam putih macam manggis, kulit dia lepas kupas buleh buak lauk...

Kama said...

Awang - Kama tengok memang macam manggis kan? Buh seto, macam Awang katalah, kuning.. tapi since painting tu dah dinamakan Buoh Seto oleh pelukisnya, Kama ikut ajalah..hehehe

Pak Zawi said...

I am touched by your mention of losing friends and also about our effort to establish Tabung Kebajikan Tok Sangkut. With this mention more people will know about the effort especially about the sale of the painting and future paintings.
Above all we really appreciate your willingness to make the first bid. God willing the art piece will be yours to keep. That really gave Chegu Mazeri the spirit and encouragement to continue painting for Tabung Kebajikan Tok Sangkut for FREE. That is his contribution, mine is just to make sure they sell and bring in the much needed income.
Hopefully other bloggers will carry the same story in their blogs. A mere mention is good enough.

Tommy Yewfigure said...

Hi Puteri,

Yes, life is so short & unpredictable. Best we keep it easy, honest & simple, avoid conflicts & shoo away the negatives.
I hope you’ll enjoy your mini ‘women’ blogger get together & get down to the beat of Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox duet of “Sisters are doing it for themselves”.

Don’t do anything that I wouldn’t do!



A'kum Kak Puteri,
I feel to small among the great bloggers. I am also very excited to see my painting in your blog. It was too great and I can't say anything. May Allah bless you Kak Puteri.


Kama said...

Hehehe Deen, awat lagu tu! Benda yang baik harus di warwarkan.. yang tak baguih tu kita mintak simpang Malaikat 44..:-) Btw, your paintings memang cantik!

Kama said...

Pak Zawi - it's a good effort by you and your friends, Pak. Saya cuma tumpang panjangkan saja..

Tommy - why don't you come and join us Tommy? it's not exactly an all-female affair. e-mail me at Let's!

Bergen said...

Ma'am, thank you for the nice thing you say about me. You and Pak Abu be sure to take care now, y'hear?

mamasita said...

O thank you..your voice was so warm and lemak merdu..macam orang selsema.
You antara suara kak bloggers yang sober2..tak kuat2 kelekek ketawa macam adik2 bloggers yang nakal2..ahhhemmm!

Just got back from Tanjung Karang..makdatuk..jauh jugak. Ada seafood restaurant kat situ yang sedap..

Memang very sad about the late Yasmin.I hope the entertainment industry tolong buat banyak2 tahlil untuk dia instead of just showing her beautiful works on TV.
She was a real masterpiece.

As for Bergen, dia kena iktiar berubat dengan apa cara pun..
We all can only doa for him. He must never give up.

Sorry lambat type comment..baru got back from Tanjung Karang..quite far ye.


Kak Puteri..I am always smile when I saw my painting in the great blog (KAMA). I do not know why..maybe I am so excited as kampung boy..ehehe..

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Dr. Azhar said...

Salam dari KK, Cage,

Ups and downs, that's what life is all about.We just have to take them in and get on with our life.

Been on expedition to the Spratly islands, Sulu and Sulawesi seas the past one month. Glad to be back on land again. Will be back in KL next week.

Tears and Cheers...


Kama said...

Bergen - you take care of yourself Berg.. my prayers are with you always.

Mamasita - We'll meet soon ya!

Deen - Baguslah kalau ceria selalu Deen! Don't worry, be happy!

Dr Azhar - it's been a while since we had teh tarik, Slam. Let's gather a few chatters and 'sembang mak alang' lama-lama.. hehehe