Monday, March 02, 2015

Sunset in Bali

Sunset in Kuta Beach, Bali
 In December 2014, I went to Bali to chill with my then loved one. It was supposed to be a romantic 3-day 4-night short break for me. Things didn't go as planned. Instead I reminisced my previous best time when I went climbing Mount Rinjani in Lombok via Bali.

Nice door carving
I thought it was nice to spend my year end vacation away from home. I took a plunge and lived for the moment.

Moment of happiness
My abode was at an exquisitely architectured hotel, namely Agung Cottage. It was located in Legian Street. Kuta Beach was just a walking distance of 15 minutes from the hotel.

The accommodation rate was Malaysian Ringgit (RM) 130 per night with breakfast for a King Size Bedroom. It was basic but clean and comfortable. What I liked most was the wood carving of the bedroom door and windows. Simply Bali to the core. You get these feelings of tranquillity and restful by just looking at your surroundings. Unfortunately in my haste to spring-clean the phone memory, I have unintentionally deleted most photos. Huhuhu...  

Muslim travellers who are concern about halal food can find a few Jawa Muslim Restaurant Operators around the area of Legian Street to Kuta Beach. I can remember all the nooks and corners by now because I walked these streets a lot of times on my trips to Bali. I would say that Malaysians love to eat. In our ranking of 10, I would give bali only a 5. This is because, the food is expensive and little in portion. Unsatisfying for Malaysian taste unless you are willing to buy double. We love to splurge ourselves with abundance of food. Ooppss.

That's all about Bali, folks, I am playing catching up here before writing about the Himalayas dream. Ahh... that has to wait.

After a year hiatus!

Yours truly is back to write some more stories. Photo taken in Sarangkot, Nepal.
Hello blogers and readers of my humble blog. Thank you so much if you happened to come to this first posting of 2015. Please know that I am really honoured to even have a visitor after all this time. Time flies unnoticed. I have been missing from the blogging world for more than a year! I can't believe it myself.

It's been a volatile year for me. The ups and downs in life. The choices that I had to make. I was busy with family and self. I don't really care about other stuffs. It's a turning 40s and all that depressing matters. Huhuhu. But pheww... I got through it all still intact.

My followers would have known my evolution and transition from one phase of life to another. They would have known my activities, interest, passions and philosophies recorded almost a decade in here. I started in 2005, inspired by a dear Global Vagabond. Read his travelling awesome blog and you would get inspired too.

Gentlecreation started with stories of my life journey, social issues, nature activities, hiking, voluntarism, events, my obsession towards semi precious stones, birds and others. It was colourful indeed. This is like a life record for me and I am happy to share it with the world. Have a moment to read all the links, ya. You might get something, i.e. new knowledge, be amused or just passing time. Hahaha!

Carpe diem!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Bird Connection 2

A tekukur tanah with its chicks
Didn't I write before about my bird connection? Yeah, I think a lot of times, isn't it :)

I used to have a bird pet named Lucky Dog cause it fell from a tree on the day of Chinese New Year and it was the year of a Dog. It brought me good luck, so the name goes. I also wrote about relationship of a bird. Some birds mate for a lifetime. Unlike human being who seldom faithful nor content with just one partner. This is said with real life experiences. Here is the posting :) 

My posting about Bird Connection is here. Please don't get bored. Hehehe...

Other postings about bird.  You may find all these posting interlinked with one another because it's all about great creatures of the sky. I love them!

I saved a few birds in my life. They came to me naturally in my surroundings. Even while I was working in the office. Gosh! Amazing, isn't it! Here is the posting :)

Hang on... last but not least, my favourite all time literature also metaphorically named after a bird, i.e. To Kill a Mocking Bird. An amazing masterpiece by Harper Lee. Marvellous. Highly recommended for everyone to read and learn a few good things in life.  
Two chicks makes me happy!

Many people doubted my special connection with birds. These little creatures are meant to be in my life forever and ever. See it for yourselves. Birds nested on my hanging pots always. And I meant it literally, always. For the past three non-stop years, that is for my latest abode.

Some people do questioned why. Why would a bird nests near my abode or came near me. Well... I can't really answer that. I myself can't really explain why.

The photos here are of Terkukur Tanah. Its a type of pigeon. It is a smaller version of 'Spotted Dove'. They usually play and find food on the ground. Rarely they fly very high from the ground except for this one, it flew all the way to the 5th floor of my apartment.

Everytime these birds nested, everytime I had to revive the plants or change it to a new one. However, I don't really mind. Not a lost at all. It's all about gaining the trust and love of my birds.

I am not a superstitious type. However I believe I have a special connection with this creature. My life's journey often involved them as a companion. I feel blessed. I might not get the love I truly yearn from human being. God compensated it with the love of animals. To earn love and trust from animals are truly a big deal to me.

Thank you buddy :)

Monday, November 04, 2013

My Heart, please be patient

Rain drops at my window
It's coming to a New Year again. The Islamic New Year of Hijri is just around the corner, which is tomorow and soon the Gregorian Calendar follows.

This is a time of reflection for everyone. I definitely always sit back and reassess my life. The goods and the bads. The As and the Fs of my actions. The consequences of my brilliancy and stupidity. Lalalala...
Nobody's perfect :)

Lately, it was like time spent too much on thinking and sleeping with the thoughts. During rainy days, I would just lay on my bed, staring at the raindrops on my windowpane. It makes me think better. I always tell myself just let it be. Go with the flow as God knows what is best for me. 

Sometimes your path crosses with someone which gives meaning into your life. Sometimes even a short encounter can change your whole life. No doubt God makes our lives so mysterious you just can't tell what will happen next. 

I met a lot of people. Strangers and not so strangers who came into my life and give meaning to the moment. One thing I really learned and would gladly share with everyone here is never ever reject anyone who came into your life with good intention. Cherish every moment and make the best of the joy that each other could bring. You wouldn't know what will happen next. Just go with the flow. God knows what's best for you.  

We may not always get what we want in life because God has a different plan for us. The one that we want so badly might not be the right one for us. So be thankful and redha with what God has in store for us. No incident is a coincidence. It's all planned by the One. 

Take care and never give up on love. Mwah! Mwah!

Happy Islamic New Year, 1435 Hijriah

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Wishing all Muslims Happy Islamic New Year 1435 Hijri!

May we all be a better person than we were before. Live life to the fullest. Have no regrets as every experience teaches us something to prepare us for our next journey in life. Be gentle towards all creatures. Thank Allah every morning for the chance to live another day. Appreciate your family and people who love you. Show gratitude by good deeds and lots of love. Last but not least, forgive and ask forgiveness for nobody is perfect.

Take care and may Allah bless you. Mwah! Mwah!

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Birthday Today

This is the most crucial year for me. The big number, the turning point in my life. Today is my birthday. Huhuhu...

Thought I would sit alone being miserable but on the opposite. I was not left alone by my food friends Pava and Jasz who were there in the morning till the night ends. 

I'm blessed with good friendship. 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

2012 Most Memorable Family History

My beautiful sister in law Aida
Sometimes in our busy days catching up with our own struggle in life, we tend to forget to reminisce how we fare in life. It's been over three years since the passing of my beloved mother. My life had been tumultuous, blown by a tornado, kind of upside down ever since then. Of course, time does heal and with time, we get to continue living in this world. There're so much yet to learn. 

My handsome brother CD
My Mom didn't get the chance to see the wedding of my younger bother CD. He got married in February 2012, nine months after her passing. On his 'Akad Nikah' day (marriage covenant), I could feel my Mom's presence in the Masjid (mosque). I was not alone, my sisters felt it too. It was a surreal and touching moment. We like to think that she gave her blessing and she approved the union. Tears of joy for the occasion as well of tears of longing for our beloved Mom surrounded our families. A moment of quietude to appreciate. We hugged and kissed as the mark of another beautiful memories to cherish in our family history book.   

CD and his bride Aida
In my struggle to cope with my loneliness, life's struggle and personal issues, I didn't record down another important episode in our family history prior to this wedding, i.e. the wedding of our father. Yes, he got himself a new wife. Urghhh...

I didn't bother to write a post about this episode because I was against it earlier on. I can't accept the fact that my father had the heart to remarry after my Mom. How could he replace her! It's out of my intellect to think how easy it was for a man to forget his deceased wife! It got even worst when he decided to do it so hastily, about five months after my Mom's passing. 

However, as time goes by, and with much turmoil and major misunderstanding with the step mother, finally we could really say that we began to love her. She was not really a bad person. Our father needed her in order to live longer. She takes good care of him and we could not ask for more. 

Additionally, we got ourselves four step siblings from her previous marriage. They are a cool young bunch. They never interfere with our ways and they are adapting very well to our family culture. So I have nothing to complain. Surprisingly, we do look alike. Nobody could tell that we are from a different mother. 

February 2012 - one for the album. Still not a complete family photo though.

Life is full of the unexpected. Life is full of surprises. YES. Sometimes I hate surprises. Well... We planned but Allah is the Master Planner. Allah knows what's best for us. I shall reserve my rebellious nature in matters of religion. We might be in pain, we might be in vain. Nevertheless, surely there will be sunshine after the rain. 

Smile :)


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