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Saturday, December 26, 2009
This fountain monument was built to commemorate the silver Jubilee of the reign of HRH Sultan al-Haj Abdul Halim Mu'dzzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah in 1983.It is Located in Padang Court or Medan Budaya, in the middle of Alor Setar City facing several other historical building of the Town such as Zahir Mosque, State Art Gallery, the Grand Audience Hall and the former Sultan's Palace (the Royal Museum).
THE DESIGN IS INSPIRED BY THE FORM OF BUNGA RAYA OR HIBISCUS, THE NATIONAL FLOWER OF MALAYSIA WHICH SYMBOLICALLY REPRESENT THE HONOUR OF THE SULTAN IN THE EYE OF MULTIRACIAL PEOPLE OF KEDAH. AT THE TOP OF THE MONUMENT IS THE REPLICA OF THE SULTAN'S HEADGEAR OR TENGKOLOK AS A SYMBOL OF THE SULTAN'S DIGNITY AND PRIDE AS THE RULER OF THE STATE.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Just before Gap gate (the entrance into the 8-km one-way road that connects to Fraser's Hill). From Kuala Kubu Baru, it is about 30 minutes drive to Gap through the scenic Kuala Kubu Baru-Gap Highway.
It is another choice for colonial-style hotel to stay. The major difference is that the Gap Resthouse is not exactly located on Fraser's Hill. It is set some altitude below the mountain top but the air was still cool and crisp when I was there.
Gap Resthouse is new being renovated for the best and so its surrounding. Thus, the consultant chose the English garden concept so as to complement the architectural style as well as the local environment. The exteriorlooks nice, adorned with traditional English home garden design along with flowering gardens, parterre and rose garden. The english garden concept is further enhanced with English-style garden structure such as pergola, arbor and garden bench.
This resthouse is a perennial favorite for antic car drivers, as well as ardent bikers, who gather here for a quick weekend getaway. It is also popular for bird watching and hiking in the many trails nearby.
At ground level, an old coffee house awaits you, serving anything from English traditional fares, to local food and some Western.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Initially the function of the building was the Balai Rong Seri or Balai Penghadapan (audience hall), that was situated at the back area of the Kota Setar Palace complex. The original building was built in 1735 by HRH Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Adilin Muazzam Shah, the 19th Sultan of Kedah (1710-1778). The pillars, roofs and floors were made of wood.
This building was destroyed due to attacks by the Bugis armada (1770) and Siam (1821). During the reign of HRH Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, the 26th Sultan of Kedah (1882-1943), this building was refurbished (1896) spearheaded by Muhammad bin Lebai Tambi, an architect with the Public Works Department of Kedah State for the wedding ceremony of His Royal Highness's five princes and princesses (1904).
Beside the wedding ceremony, the Balai Besar was used for installation ceremonies, official ceremonies, State Council Conferences since 1905 until 1973.
Two Kedah Sultans were officially installed at the Balai Besar: HRH Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Halim Shah II, the 22nd Sultan of Kedah (1804-1845) in 1805 and HRH Tuanku Sultan Haji Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah on 20th February, 1959.
Design of the building
The design of the Balai Besar is of the characteristics of a Malay house with lengthy roof. On the left and right sections of the Balai Besar are the verandahs. The verandah at the right side of the throne was the area for the Ministers' children, warriors and official officers' children as well as the good citizens. The left verandah was the area for the religious men, merchants and the good citizens. The centre area of the balai (hall) was the place for "the children of the palace", those who held the royal regalia together with the ministers and main government officers in accordance to individual status right up to the ordinary people. The pillars and cross-beams were made of the highest quality of cengal wood from the state of Kedah. The roofs were made of rumbia (a type of palm-tree). Two large staircases were built in front of the Balai Besar, left and right ascending to the grand hall, rumah tangga, right verandah, left verandah as well as the pavilion, the throne and the Balai Siak located at the utmost back section of the bulding.
Retrieved from: http://malaysia.smktk.net/malaysia/kedah/balai_besar.html
Friday, October 23, 2009
dengan iman dan keyakinan
kerana hidup adalah hukuman
di atas lautan.
kita tempuhi ombak kepalang
dan radang angin songsang
ketika menyeberangi lautan
yang sesekali mengganas dan menggelombang
dalam mencari unsur dan nilai pengabaian.
alangkah luasnya samudera Tuhan
seluas langit malam
kita pun belayar
dalam erti kehilangan
seperti seekor ikan.
sebenarnya pelayaran ini
oleh seorang nabi
dengan kebenaran biru
bagai pernah menyinari pelangi
memutih persisiran adat mati.
pun malam juga menciptakan
cinta syahdu di laut terbentang.
kami berdoa pada Tuhan
agar bahtera kami
agar pelayaran kami
agar mimpi-mimpi kami
Sajak ciptaan :Aminin(Mainstream)
dipetik dari : http://www.imeem.com/people/RuOVk68/blogs/2008/12/26/EHBI8Zc5/sajakpelayaran
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Creekby Zaeem Ahmed
The Earth seems to move,
As the pink clouds above drift,
The water ripples at your feet
The sand and leaves shift
Mountains arise on either side
And green trees raise high
Below grow plants that are evergreen
The animals are not at all shy
Birds fly like fighter jets
Tadpoles swim in the shallows of the creek
Slowly come out the lizards for a little more heat
Ducks swim around with an upraised beak
As the sun hides away,
It gets dark and its time to leave
Animals go to rest after a day of play
I want to come back another day
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
LADANG GETAH AYAH
(Setiap pagi mencarik garis luka
menjadi titis-titis getah
mengalir ke corong
ke mangkuk rezeki tertumpah
tempat kami bergantung)
Ini ladang getah ayah
Padang mengenal susah dan payah
Pokoknya berbaris lurus tegap
Tertancap pada tanah sejuk lembab
Daunnya segar hijau dan subur
Musim panas ia mengering dan gugur
Dan di hujung sempadan ada paya kecil
Tempat menggagau haruan atau mengail
Kalau musim hujan pula datang
Kami ke ladang jarang-jarang
Biarlah pokok-pokok itu rehat sekejap
Setelah penat kudratnya kami hisap
Disini tempat tercurah basah peluh
Tapi tidak sekali kami mengeluh
Kerana ada rimbun daun jadi peneduh
dipetik dari : http://jamrihusen.blogspot.com/2005/08/sajak-sajak-v.html
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Lightscape_give your landscape design a life in the hour of darkness...Thus, a landscape architect should never forget this aspect to combat the loss of design in the night time. With a lightscape concept, the bleakness and darkness of the landscape in the night are no longer a dread but an
exciting experience, an experience which is as changeable as the weather. A landscape architects can now add active lighting displays to their designs in the form of subtle colour chases and rolling scene changes, transforming any architectural images and its environment into a favorable night time attraction.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Upacara perasmiannya dilakukan pada hari Jumaat, 15 Oktober 1915 oleh Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Shah. Tunku Mahmud telah membaca khutbah Jumaat sementara baginda Sultan Abdul Hamid Shah mengimamkan solat Jumaat. Di belakang Masjid Zahir, terdapat Kompleks Bangunan Mahkamah Syariah dan Pusat Pendidikan Asas Kanak-Kanak.
Masjid Zahir mempunyai keluasan tapak kira-kira 124,412 kaki persegi. Dewan tengahnya (Dewan Sembahyang) berukuran 62 x 62 kaki persegi dan dikelilingi oleh beranda berukuran 8 kaki lebar dengan 4 anjung yang setiap satunya terdapat sebuah kubah. Menara utamanya terletak di bahagian timur laut bangunan masjid itu.Dato' Hj Wan shamsudin Mohd Yusof
Pakar Sejarah Kedah
Anyway these are among my early drawing while studyng in IIUM...sort of exercises lah.... and memang my favouritelah to draw monumental and historical building like this.....I like history.....
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
GRANADA 09Jan-JANNATUL ARIFF or the Garden of the wise is an elevated garden placed far above that the atmosphere of sweet and cool could be enjoyed by everybody. The garden of Generalife (the spanish translation of JANNATUL ARIFF) was one and the same time a summer garden , and a working grunge which supplies provisions to the Moorish Royal House. The garden is carefully walled off from the dry desert of exterior environment to create a favourable microclimate not only for man but the nature as well. The garden is the cental attraction of an elongated courtyard and a long reflective pool at the center of it reflects the beautifully adorned building facade. The later addition of water spouts however has broken out the surface of the mirror but has provided the garden with a gentle soothing murmur, the most pleasant sound apart of silence to encourage meditative thought. Having a geometrical layout, the Jannah was once planted with trees and carefully selected bushes and flowers, leafy and fragrantly perfumed; thus protrays the true image of paradise on earth. This is the part of the Alhambra which best preserves the medieval garden of Alhambra.
GRANADA, 07 JAN-The open portico of the torres de las damas (Tower of the Ladies) overlooking a small esplanade containing a reflective pool (a pool concept originated from early Islamic Landscape architecture) is called a partal in Arabic. In its day, the area was surrounded elegant houses and mansions of the the elite Moors. This area can be considered as a their private garden. Small, stepped terraces, well adapted to uneven lie of the land from veritable hangings of flower beds. From the huge mirador of the Tower of two Ladies, one can enjoy a beautiful scenery of the albaicin beyond the river Darro, the orchards of Generalife and pool in which the garden and the building facade is reflected. While being in the garden itself, one will enjoy the beautiful screened vista through the opened arches of the building.
The garden of partal and the Tower of the Two Ladies, Alhambra, Granada, Spain.