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Arabian nights revisited
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Tuesday, 6-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Return of the Tupai

With zoom it is like this
Without zoom, it is worse...
Sahrin in his new battle gear
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This fotopage is certainly not buried or even dead. If anything is worth mentioning, it would be the passing of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz on 1 August 2005.

And things have become rather drastic at the work-front. The execution of Order 66 has changed the office landscape. For a moment, only two warrior-like characters were left fighting the cause...

To add to the drama, September was a fiery month for Riyadh. A day after an apartment complex of a compound on the southern view of the Kingdom Tower was on fire, another incident happened. This time it was on the north-bound King Fahd Road, adjacent to the tower. A car caught fire while being stationary on a red-light and a thick black plume of smoke was seen billowing high up in the sky. However, I did not bring my digital cam along on the day, so it was a chance for my 0.3Mp cam-phone to impress... and as expected, the result is rather less than impressive!

Friday, 27-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tupai smiling sheepishly

The name of the place where the event was held is Raghadan
Haji Sahrin and Haji Azli and Haji Latif and more Hajis
"I've never worn so much white in my life", Azli amazes himself
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This event is rather special, courtesy of Saudara Rahim Al-Makki's (a Malaysian) invitation to his sister's wedding celebration in Mecca, arab-style.

We were told that a typical Arabian dinner celebration would start from after Isya' right until Fajr (Subuh), with the meal not uncommonly served after midnight! A standard feast would be "bukhari", which was wonderfully served in this particular event. The majority of the attendees were Tabung Haji staff based in Jeddah.

That night, we played Ian Wright from Lonely Planet. Hidden underneath the mountain of bukhari rice on our tray was a cute sheep's head, all decapitated and cooked. Its tongue tasted very rich while its brain (only after the skull was opened using a special technique by the deft hands of Haji Abdul Rahman), well, I would only say tasted a bit iffy and undescribably strange....

All in all, it was an excellent new experience for us. One we wouldn't feel sheepish to talk about.

Thursday, 26-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tupai in Al-Haram

More kapsa time at Delhi Darbar
Landscape Sahrin after umrah
Portrait Sahrin after umrah
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We finally reached Makkatulmukarramah at 4.30am. The bus journey was generously staggered with long stops, so it took us 11 hours to get to this holy city.

Our umrah was very comfortable, Alhamdulillah. And there are many Malaysians doing umrah at this time of the year.

The MasjidilHaram and Kaabah are simply breathtaking and beautiful.

Wednesday, 25-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tupai's spiritual journey

Azli converting km to miles, maybe the journey will feel shorter
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And so at about 5.30pm KSA time, we set off in a bus and began our journey west, about 900km away from Riyadh.

We bought the tickets from an agency in Bat-ha a few days back for SR80/person. For this price, I think it is an excellent deal since apart from the bus fare, it also includes a hotel stay (sharing) which is adjacent (maybe 250m away) to the Masjidilharam.

Took us longer than we had expected to finally get to realize this trip. Alhamdulillah better slightly late than never...

Sunday, 22-May-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Tupai and some of the Malaysian connection in Riyadh

Sahrin going solo, but you have to discount the people behind
Pore-shot of Hakimi. Next are Sahrin, Shahrul & Zul
Mr Host, Khairul & Saiful communicating about the Communicator
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On Thursday night, we went across Riyadh to get to Bro Mohamad Suwandi's spacious house within a compound, which is a common residential concept here. It is an enclosed community with very high concrete walls (5 meters or so) and various amenities thrown in, e.g. swimming pool, tennis courts etc (not unlike our condos back home, just that they are units of linked houses/townhouses instead). Residents do not need to wear hijabs in a compound and women can drive!

Typically, the level of security into compounds is strict and is directly linked with the existence of western expat residents. I was told that they are not as many as before, since the last car bomb went off in a compound in December 2004....

It was an excellent mini-gathering of Malaysians in this city. Many thanks to the host and family for the invite, their generosity and the delicious dinner.

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