Friday, September 26, 2014

Madu kelulut : Stingless Bee Honey

Assalamualaikum all,

This is actually part of the new encountered in Keda Resort, Kampung Bendang Man, Sik, Kedah.  As we drove into and out of the resort we saw many of the below boxes. We were curious. What could that be. They must be breeding something but what is it??? Being the curious lot, I managed to snap a picture of the 'house' on my way out leaving the resort.

Alhamdulillah... being older and wiser, mak informed us that it was the breeding of 'kelulut', a type of bee but it is stingless. Apparently, these 'kelulut' are also prodicng honey just like its 'cousin' species the bees. The many boxes that we saw scattered around the resort actually housed the stingless bee that is waiting to be harvested. First time knowing about this, I made some research by just asking dear Uncle Google, and I found this interesting information.

Syamille Lebah Kelulut.

And just coming back from my sister's house in Dungun, Mak herself tasted the Stingless Bee Honey. It tasted just like honey. And it is supposed to have the same health benefits just like the known bee.

Quoting from the website: 
"honey and propolis products that are rich in anti-oxidants, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. The honey is light in color with delicious sweet & sour fruit taste. These honey and propolis are naturally suitable to cure illnesses through traditional treatment methods such as diabetes mellifluous, stroke, hepatitis, cancer, hypertension, kidney stones, gout, cough, etc. In terms of nutritional value and benefit, it is very much better than the normal honey."

This is an interesting facts findings for me and an option for the honey consumer.


Air Terjun Bendang Man


Bersempena 'Visit Mothers Weekend' kami memenuhi permintaan bonda untuk pergi berkelah. It sounds interesting since it has been ages since we last had a picnic at a waterfall. The place chosen is Bendang Man in Sik district of Kedah. To be precise, we went to the Keda Resort in Kampung Bendang Man. 'Bendang' is term used by the northern folks to represent the padi fields. When my eldest brother mentioned 'Bendang', I thought it is going to be a picnic at the padi fields, near the stream, but I was wrong. It was a nice waterfall area at the heart of Kedah. To get there you can either take the PLUS highway to the north but we opted for a country ride --- passing through the many plantations and places and kampungs that we never encountered before. To me, it is the first in my lifetime to reach to this part of Kedah. I have never set foot in Sik before. This is really an interesting journey.

Air Terjun Bendang Man at Keda Resort

The place is well maintained and accommodates about 10 small chalets, hostels and venue for team building. It was a quiet and refreshing place. We arrive at about 12 noon when the stomach is rumbling. We quickly unpacked all the foods prepared by Mak to one comfortable gazeebo. Abang set up the picnic table. And the girls lay down the picnic mat. ---- Sound so essay isn't it??? hihih.... But this is really what happened. Essay normally tells what the writer fantasizes ... but this essay tells of the true wonderful colour of my life episode.

The picture tells all

We had a wonderful time even though I am a little bit too 'shy' to get myself wet. Even Mak gets herself into the water. Suddenly ..... there's water coming down from the sky (rain) ... Sabrina looked at me, trying to get an approval which I quickly understood. I told her...'Well, rain is water, so does the one around you .... what the heck, you are already wet ... just go ahead..." Am I a sport??? Heh heh heh.. A big smile came on her face, as well the cousins. They enjoyed their time till the water started to change its color due to the deforestation activities up the hill (our assumption), and it's time to pack and go home.

At one end, we saw our Ustaz Aiman performing the solah in the open environment.... its to tell that there's no reason to skip your solah, wherever you are. The earth is for you and me to worship Allah at all time and anywhere. We need not have a special dedicated place to perform the solah. As for ladies, if we are covering ourselves enough as warrant by Allah SWT, 'not having a telekung' should never be reason to delayed the solah. (btw, the resort has a surau for those who wants to perform the solah indoor - ample facilities).

That's it. Our short but meaningful picnic. The most important thing is we are able to make Mak happy and put a smile on her face.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Di Tanjung Dawai .....


Just to share what I did last week end. Very seldom it became a quiet weekend. It will always be a full and hectic weekend .... selagi ada kudrat.

Last weekend was a trip to pay a visit to our beloved mothers. The last visit was during raya, which means it was a loooonnng time ago. It's time we make a small effort to drive through the North-South highway to see our mothers.

Part of the visits, we visited the Kompleks Nelayan in Tanjung Dawai. It was situated besides the sea, it was where I got my seafood dry stocks is. This is where I got my belacan, ikan masin (dried fish - tamban, gelama, talang, tenggiri), anchovies, dried shrimps and also fish crackers. As though these items are not available in Shah Alam ..... but to get it from the source is always more appealing. The fishes are fresh, the price are cheaper and most importantly, the vast varieties of choices that are available. And not forgotten to get myself a homemade coffee powder ... argh ... coffee lover....

Goods sold at the stalls.

You can see the line-up of items available. Just make your pick. 
Oh Ya ... kids will not want to come here. The smell is not so pleasant to their nose but it surely serves the parents appetite.

Will come here again when my stocks ran out.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Apakah Yang Kita Katakan Kepada Jenazah Ini? ..... BAIK


To start after a long silence .....

"Apakah yang kita katakan kepada jenazah ini" ....BAIK"

When attending a funeral, at times you will here this question being asked by the imam just before the coffin is being brought out of the solat hall. There's no specific direction from the Quran and hadith to say this before the deceased is placed at its final resting place, but Rasulallah SAW did reminded us to say ONLY good things about the deceased.

Gambar Ihsan Google

What happen to MH17 was a tragedy. Everybody was saddened by the tragedy. I know none of those boarding the plane. But I can feel the pain. The pain that family and friends had to bear with. Wife widowed, children orphaned. Death comes in many ways and forms. Everyone of us will come to it. But what happen to MH17 is not something ordinary.

I happen to watch the arrival of the 3rd batches of bodies. They were honored like a hero. Throughout the procession, i just could not hold back my tears from flowing. And throughout the procession I can hear all the good words said about them.

"Beliau seorang yang sangat pemurah. Sering bersedekah".
"Beliau seorang anak yang taat pada kedua ibubapa".
"He is a very good husband and father".
"Beliau berjuang untuk arak tidak dibekalkan dalam penerbangan".

Allah ..... terdetik dalam hati ini, adakah kata-kata yang baik untuk diucapkan tentang diri ini di saat jenazah diusung ke liang, di saat bersoal jawab dengan 2 penjaga di alam kubur sana? Benar-benar baikkah amalan sesama manusia ku?

Allah ..... justeru terus menyedarkan diri ini, betapa kerdilnya nilaian diri. Jika di mata manusia sudah bukan sesiapa, apatah lagi tika mengadap Rab al-Jalil.

Sahabat, saudara, tetangga dan taulan .... maafkanlah diri ini.
Bonda-bonda .... maafkanlah diri ini
Allahu Rabbi ..... ampunkanlah hambaMu ...

Allahu Rabbi .....

Al-fatihah untuk semua yang telah pergi .....