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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Walking on weekend

Every Saturday,my wife and me have our routine-walking in the park.It is our weekly event to keep us agile and fit.We usually choose a park that is shady to walk,nice views to see and has a few outdoor sport equipments to exercise.Most people just walk but we also stop at selected places to do body stretching.It is good for us as we grow older..

After on hour of walking,exercising and some stretching,we had a good sweaty workout.We felt great.On returning home,our bodies kept on sweating even after one hour we stop walking.At our age,we should be doing this three times a week,but we already feel happy and healthy just by doing once a week.

A walk in the park sounds easy.But we must do the right way to gain the most benefits.Healthy Park,Healthy People.InsyaAllah.

Recommended parks to walk in Putrajaya:
Putrajaya Lake Club,Chancerry Garden,Taman Wawsan,The Promenade betwwen The Souq and Alamanda ,Putrajaya Wetland ,Taman Botani and Taman Saujana Hijau.

Saturday, 16 April 2016


Pantai Irama,located in the district of Bachok, is a popular beach since I was a kid in the 60s.My mother,uncles and anties took me here for picnic and swim.I have a lot memories and fun on this strip of sandy beach which is about 5km from my house at Pondok Beris where I was born.Since my late father never allow me to swim in any rivers,this is my public swimming pool of the yesteryears.

My interest in environmental issues only crept in during my early 50s.My eyes began to see many physical damages and deterioration to our environment as the nation trying harder to become modern and prosperous.Along the way,our greed and ignorant of environmental impact made us pay for the what are experiencing now with hot weather and possible threat of water shortage.Flash floods are monthly sufferings and 2014 Kelantan Flood is a great wake up call.Now,we have gone back to sleep again.Blame it on the El Nino.

I have seen and a living witness to the negative impacts of the monsoon time along the coast of Kelantan especially Pantai Cahaya Bulan and Pantai Irama.The three photos above were taken in December,2005.During the fierce monsoon winds and waves,the Souch China Sea was very rough.The existing flood and erosion concrete barriers were broken to pieces and got buried.Beautiful beaches were destroyed and lines of casuarina and coconut trees were eaten away by the raging and pounding sea waves.There was no mercy at all.

From my observation as an engineer, the repairs and rehabilitation works were done but too late and too little.What is worse,it was badly designed and destroyed the beauty of the beaches.As a local Bachok man,I am very disappointed.Beach protection and maintenance are not rocket science and space technology.And yet,we failed again and again to preserve Allah 's beautiful gift to all of us. And  we failed to deliver the trust of the next generation to ensure what we have today and handover to them in good conditions.

The above coconut trees are still there now.Every time I go back to my village,I take my sons and my grand children to  the beaches of Pantai Irama and Pantai Cahaya Bulan.I am not sure when my grand kids become adults in 20 years time,whether these beautiful beaches are there or not for them.

What are you going to do about it?

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Photo Journalism

I have been blogging for more than 15 years.With the popularity of facebook,I noticed that less than 50%  of my readers only keep visiting my blog.So I have posted most of my postings in my facebook as notes or stories.Lately,I am exploring to use my photography interest , my blogging skill and my knowledge and experience as civil engineer into a combo to venture and explore  photo journalism.

My field of interests shall be on the following areas:

1.Water Supply and Sanitation
2.Green Cities and Habitat
4.Cycling as Public Transport

From this month April,2016 I will post my photo journalism articles in this blog as a start with link to my Facebook.I look forward to my friends to guide me in this new endeavour.

I have been a senior citizen aka Warga Mas in Malaysia since three years ago-October,2012.There is not much time left for me to contribute to my society.So,I plan to travel more as well as contribute to matters that are close to my heart as listed above.This is an extension of my social work when I was Vice-President of Malaysia WaterAssociation and a civil engineer in JKR.