Thursday, March 4, 2010

What Happened In The Past Three Months

If not for the freak accident with the mean little machine called The Grinder yesterday (Wednesday 3rd March 2010) I still may not write this blog yet as I will be busy doing a new project after having done the new kitchen. The accident involve the grinder to which i have attached a 4 in circular saw to cut wood. The grinder jerked off from my right hand onto the concrete floor of the pit I was constructing and bounced off to lodge itself between my short and gnawed away some skin just below my right knee cap. The cut was bad but it wasn't life threatening and I had it stitched at a nearby private clinic whereby Dr. Maliha of Klinik Lily did a find job to keep me out of any pain while suturing up my contused wound.

The new project is a water retaining pond where water from my drains and house will collect before being pumped out to the roadside drain. The project must be completed before the rain starts again as the water table around my house is very high and any heavy rain may inundate the compound of my house if it is not ready.

The little mean machine that kept me out of work for the next couple of days.
The accident and the new project will be another story by itself.

After coming back from nannying Adam in Shah Alam in late November 2009, heavy rain lashed Kelantan. Many parts of Kelantan including Rantau Panjang in Pasir Mas was flooded but not Pasir Mas town itself. My own house is on relatively higher ground and thus was considered safe. little did I realise that this time around the roadside drain in front of our house was clogged at one end and the water from my neighbours house just couldn't flow out the normal way. Instead it just flowed into my compound over the low drain edge that separate our houses. I couldn't do much at that time other than did my best to facilitate the flow of water from my neighbours house into the main drain while they themselves cozily made themselves comfortable in their own houses.
When the weather changed for the better and rain stopped, we ordered all the materials to raise the level of the drain walls to prevent future breaches. We called for workmen to do the job but the job was too small for most workmen in the area and i had no alternative but to do it on my own. Thus it began the Do It Yourself job that lead from one job to another.

The drain that flowed into my compound. Here is the beginning of the wall. Note on the left, the structure that was later converted into my wet kitchen.
When the school holiday for end of year 2009 began, My son in law Lokman came home with his family. After a week he left home for Labuan leaving behind his wife Azini and daughter Balkis. Azini remained behind for her sister's wedding in mid December.
it was our joy to have Balkis live with us for awhile.

We let Balkis do almost whatever she wanted to do including playing in the rain.
My painting continued. Balkis often observed me doing the painting and I did allow her to put colours to pieces of drawing papers but she soon lost interest in it.

Balkis in a mini telekung observing Tok Pa painting.

I did complete a couple of paintings for Davis Ritchie from Korea. David had visited my home almost a year ago while in Kelantan.

I was surprised to find Euro 200 in the mail as payment for my paintings to David.

My eldest daughter Azura whose earlier marriage to Joe faltered will be remarrying a second time. The marriage will be solemnised on 18th December 2009. Since my restrooms were not on par, I embarked on remodelling one of our two restrooms. Having seen how tastefully made was Pak Idrus restroom in his house in Ampang, I decided to have a go at mine and hopefully it would be serviceable by the time the function will be held.

It was a completely redone from the bottoms up. Here I am doing the tiling. Only high quality fixtures will be fitted. The saving on workmanship will be used to buy the better materials.
The restroom was almost done except for the top half of the tiles that left. It will be done after the Azura's marriage ceremony.
The children and grandchildren came back for the occasion and there is no better joy than having them around.

The wedding was solemnised by the local Imam at the mosque in the morning. A simple Bersanding ceremony was held later in the afternoon.

The Bersanding

The reception at the bridegroom's home was held in a Felda Scheme in Triang, Pahang. It was a grand event replete with bearing officers of the army as the bridegroom is a Captain in The Armed forces.

Another small reception for the immediate family members around Kl was held at Azura's home in Amanputra Puchong.
My younger brother Hasan Bokhori with my wife Fatthiyah.

After everything was over in KL, we came back home to Pasir Mas and I started working on the new kitchen which will be designated as the wet kitchen while the old on will be relegated to the dry kitchen.

The new kitchen was an old section that was intended to be used as the rest area without any walls. Unfortunately the low metal roof made the place too hot for any use.

The old kitchen with the new kitchen at the other end.

Another view of the new kitchen.

Do we really need the new kitchen? Definitely not. With just two persons in the house who needs an extra kitchen?
The idea of turning this area into a kitchen came about after the burglar(s) broke into my house. The new kitchen will act as the first line of defence. Anyway that was the excuse to turn this area into a new kitchen. The fact that our house was bursting at its seams with things we have collected over the years and refuse to part with necessitated the creation of a new place. Since we enjoyed doing it why not?


  1. Seems like Pak Zawi is a hoarder, like me :-)

    Hati-hati guna grinder tu Pok Wi. Kalau ada modal, beli jigsaw untuk motong kayu. Selamat sikit.

  2. Zawi, How interesting!. I still think you do not need two kitchens. What you need is just one kitchen and a special room for yourself when you could have your things like TV, home theater set and the like where you could sit alone to watch you favorite TV and flip channels or just read and day dreams. Your spouse should have her own space too with her TV where she could watch it alone or with the others.

    One could built a beautiful kitchen, Washroom and the like but the daily up keeping must be taken seriously all the time. If not all the hard works would go to waste.

    As for my home both my spouse and I did the daily cleaning and maintenance ourselves, for we do not like to have maid in the house.

    One must adept a culture of fine living where every parts of the house are given a loving care and no one could do that except your spouse and you.

    Have a nice day.

  3. Oldstock,
    It is wonderful to see that you have managed to find your way here.
    Yes I am a hoarder hahahaha.
    Frankly I have a jigsaw too but for the job I was doing a jigsaw wont be able to do the job as well. I have most of the power tools necessary as i will not hesitate to buy a new tool should the need arise.

  4. Pak idrus,
    I agree with you we don't need the extra kitchen but when she wants something she gets it hahahaha.
    That should settle the issue OK?
    Yes it will be nice to have a private room where i can isolate myself when i need to.

  5. Pak Zawi ni baik orangnya. See? Kak Fathiyyah dapat extra kitchen.. hehehe..

    Pak, kita punya exhibition planning berjalan lancar, soon it will be time to update Peseni.

  6. Salam Pak Zawi, wow, isn't there anything that you can't do?

  7. How am I going to keep up with this veteran? Even a couple blogs aren't enough. And now another kitchen?

  8. Kama,
    The extra kitchen is really superflous. Anyway since she loves and I enjoy doing it, what else can I say? We also have 2 two door fridges one in each kitchen. I will blog later on how we ended up with such big almost 500 litre fridges.
    Alhamdulillah kalau semua berjalan lancar. Pak Zawi nak siapkan lukisan wayang kulit untuk exhibition tu.

  9. Zendra,
    Salam kembali.
    Yes there are many things that I cannot do. One of them is I can't do the ballroom dances that U Lee can do with ease. I can bluff my way through Rhumba and Cha Cha though.

  10. Mazle,
    If you can't catch up, just follow hehehe.

  11. Salam Pak Zawi..

    wah....banyaknya aktivities !

  12. Salam,

    Sibuknyo dio! Patut pon dok update blog lamo. He!he! Pak Zawi, your energy reminded me of my father (he is 65 now)as he diligently toiling his 10 acre oil palm plantation by himself.

    Hati-hati dalam bekerja ya. Lukisan rumah Aliff bila gilirannya?

  13. Sherry,
    Adalah sikit aktivities untuk memenuhkan masa. ni nak kena concentrate on paintings lak bab akan ada pameran di KL nanti.

  14. aliff,
    Kan uncle dah kasi tahu itu hari hehehehe.
    Sabar la pasal lukisan tu bab ada lagi yang dah janji orang kat JB tu Pak Zawi lum tunaikan. Mungkin dia dah give up menunggu.

  15. For a moment I was afraid you were going to show us a photo of your wound and stitches, Pak Zawi! Not because I takut tengok luka, tapi because I will feel your pain and will kesian sangat! I hope you have made a full recovery and are mobile and active again!

    Congratulations to Azura and I wish her and her husband every happiness! Your remodelled house looks really good.

  16. Pak Zawi,

    No problem! Aliff tunggu :).

    Luka itu, kalau mahu hilang parut dan cepat sembuh, boleh sapu madu tualang.

  17. Salam Pak Zawi,

    If I had your handyman talent, I would have built a games room with a snooker table, home entertainment unit but the things we go all out to do for the missus, haiyah they always take for granted lah, if only they knew & appreciate :))

    If ever I get hold of any DIY power tools, I’m more like to destroy thing around me..hahaha anyway I’m more this sort of a handy man;

    I mend broken hearts

    Cheers & have a good weekend.


  18. Aliff,
    Orang lelaki mahu luka berparut baru macho dan jadi kenangan. Kalau pun ada madu baik diminum.

  19. ee Lyn.
    I know it wont be nice to post a picture of my injury. Actually I didn't suffer much pain except for the discomfort. There wasn't much bleeding too though the tear was pretty bad. Maybe there were not too many nerves there.

  20. Tommy,
    Now I have answered your earlier wondering what other talents that I have. I am a jack of all trades but master of none.
    You too could do what i did, just give it a try and do not worry about making mistakes cos you can always learn from it.

  21. x see it yet. Duan xley cuti plok...x jadi la balik this coming 20th...Gi nganta kt penang je la....

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  23. Hi Zawi, wow! You not only a great photographer, a painter but a handyman too.
    Hey, nasib baik nothing serious happened to you re the power saw.
    You're doing a great job in your kitchen, and I love your new designed kitchen.
    Like this even the food your wife cooks taste betters, ha ha.
    I enjoyed looking at the wedding pictures, beautiful, so colourful.

    Zawi, you enjoy your life, have fun and keep well. My best regards to you and your Mrs. Lee.

  24. Lee,
    Now you are talking to the Jack of all trades but the master of none.
    The next time you come back to Malaysia, I will personally cook kari kepala ikan merah for you and you can taste the best fish head curry this side of the coast. Then you will note that Zawi is also an accomplished cook.

  25. Sorry about your injury. Best wishes for a quick healing

  26. Salam Pak Zawi,

    Nice to have you back in LAISI.

    Take care.

    Hafizi & Noor
    WP Labuan

  27. louis,
    Thankks for the Skype call and wish. The injury is healing well and the sutures will be removed in a few days time.

  28. Hafizi,
    I didn't know you have been missing my postings too.
    Masih kemarau ke di Labuan?

  29. Salam Uncle,

    Feels great to read your blog again. I always love reading your posts (and articles too *winks*).

    Anyways, next time you come to Puchong let me know. I live in Kinrara. Maybe we could FINALLY meet up. To think that all these while we haven't actually meet each other face to face.

    Are you coming to the Z1 Finals on the 27th?

    May The Almighty protect and bless you and your family always.

    Get well soon!


  30. Dilla,
    Salam kembali.
    If you r in Kinrara then it will be quite easy to meet when I am in KL visiting my children.
    I wont be coming to Z1 final. Need to complete the many work that is now delayed due to my slight injury. I will probably drop in to Amanputra Puchong on my way back from Korea in June, quite a long time away.
    Thank you Dilla.