Friday, May 29, 2009


Let's listen to what the architect has to say regarding the 'rumah kayu' traditional. The Rawis at Titi Gajah

Last week was auspicious as we had friends visiting the home. After many years at last the Rawis of Kota Bharu managed to make their journey to Kedah and specifically to Alor Star. Saudara Rawi is no ordinary acquaintance as he is one of those colleagues whom I know since August 21, 1956 when we first travelled on a four propeller BOAC plane from Sungei Besi Airport to Heathrow London. They had intimidated several times to cross the Titi Wangsa range and come over to the Kedah plain. Circumstances barred them from making their way but at last however it came through. We were happy to see them and welcome them in the most cordial way possible. Yes any old friend like that would be very much welcome. Moreover we met them in Brunei too when we were first posted to the kingdom of course decades ago.
Anyone for that matter would be happy to meet old friends.

You would naturally like to show them the town, visiting some of the places and of course delighted that they would be able to take the ferry to Pulau Langkawi as well. Of course Rawi is not the only person who have visited Langkawi before but seriously he is much much outdated re the island since his earlier visit to the legendary island was way back in 1952 when he visited the island as a scout with his teachers and friends . Imagine his or anyone else in that predicament to see the island now as it is. We are delighted that their few days in Kedah especially at Geo Park Island has been wonderful. They have reached home and we hope that they will find time to cross over again especially they have their own kins here too.

These photos would remind them of their brief sojourn to Alor Star and Langkawi especially.

A photograph of the foursome on the staircase of Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir at Seberang Perak Alor Star.

A dish of ikan bawal puteh served at one of the restaurant that we visited. Mouth watering to say the least.

Must be an interesting story. The visitors had an opportunity to see a traditional Malay home under construction at Titi Gajah

Great that friends came a calling. We were delighted as a pair of birds came visiting too as we found them frolicking on the railings just outside the dining room as we were having tea.

Thankful for friendships that sustained life pleasures, true identities and linkages.


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Uncle Lee said...

Hello Kotastar, I guessed you too must have flown on BOAC Comet IV back in old days from Sungei Besi airport.
I too, and my first London for my further studies.
I did visit Brinsford in Woverhampton, but not Kirby in Liverpool.
Infact had couple of girls, ha ha I met there when was invited for Malaysian makan, and to pluck apples.

Wa, saya suka that ikan dish. It sure is mouth watering.
And yes, always nice have old friends visit.
Love your well taken sure take very good pics.

Kotastar, saya nak tanya, that Dam in Alor is it now?
When it was being constructed, there was curfew then some parts.

I missed being there when Queen Elizabeth dropped the contractors was from UK.
Knew the Big guy John Proctor very well.
Cannot forget him as his language betul very ha ha, colorful.

He was also involved at buliding a hotel resort in KK. And I was there too.
Guess you and I go back long ways...
You stay young and keep well, best regards, Lee.

future phenomenon said...


tumpang ziarah. jika ada yang berminat dengan teori konspirasi, sejarah nusantara yang hilang, sufism, kebangkitan akhir zaman..sila lah ke

harap salam ukhwah akan bertaut demi masa depan..sekian


kak jose said...

assalamualaikum uncle n aunty.

nama josefina. jose,jojo,agak-agak uncle masih ingat tak? or to be specific josefina hj saya anak hj rawi.

last week we went to visit abah n mummy kat kb. stay for 1 day n dapat berbuka bersama on de first day of ramadan. and they showed de gambar n de blog. so i cuba bukak n jumpe this blog.

just to say hello n rasenye tak lewat lagi untuk mengucapkan selamat berpuasa.

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