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Last Labor Day was another mini-gathering for many of us who attended Hussin Mohd Ali and Noraini Ahmad’s daughter, Sakina, wedding reception at Felda Perdana. The last similar reception was for their son, Lokman (read).

The time was too short for a real gathering (as we all have to rush for our Zohor) and  during such a formal function we could not catch up much. But I managed to take some photos to be shared with others.

Hussin Mohd Ali and Noraini Ahmad

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Sharing the same table with me was Moslim Jaafar, my former housemate in The Pyramids.

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Also sharing the same table, but I have to apologise, I forgot to note down their names during the brief intro as we get seated. Maybe I can get some help from the readers.

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The two other tables next. Most front is Zaid Shaaya Bashir, Zayadi (hidden by Zaid), his wife, Shah and his wife. The far end table face visible, from most left (anti-clockwise) is Hazimi Batir Ali, Reza Zek, Saupi and wife.

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From left: Ahmad Zamri Said, Abdul Mukhsin Ahmad Tajuddin, Mohd Saupi Pauzi and his wife.

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Shah and his wife

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From Left: Reza Zek, Hazimi, Rosli and wife

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From left: Zaid, Zayadi and his wife and Shah’s wife.

I finally managed to get help for my own photo to be in with Mukhsin and Saufi.

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One last pose as the function ended. From right – Zayadi, myself, Zambri Saupi, Rosli Ibrahim and Zaid.

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Moslim Jaafar, myself, Zambri Tenang with Shuki Osman (standing). I have been housemates with all of them. Shuki is married to Noraini’s younger sister

It is unfortunate that I was not able to take the photos of Abdul Rahim Ahmad, busy playing the host supporting role. Rahim as many would have know is the younger brother of Noraini.

My apology for not able to take photos of everybody, remembering the names and spelling them correctly. It has been almost three decades friends …

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A small New Year gathering of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) alumni was held today at Paya Serai PJ Hilton.

A special thanks to the organisers Ramli Ashari, Raja Fatimah and Mohamed Fadzil Mohamed Arifin.

Here some of the photos:

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Time: Saturday, September 24 2011 – 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club, Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We thank all parties showing interest and support to this event.

Further, we appreciate assistance from fellow Salukis in organizing this special occasion especially on finance.

For those Salukis confirming to attend kindly deposit RM70 (valid at time of publish, but may be adjusted) to Raja Fatimah Zuhrah MAYBANK A/C 1643 4221 3422 on or before August 26th 2011.

Having credited the amount please sms your personal detail to Raja Fatimah Zuhrah 019 259 3861 or Mohamed Fadzil Ariffin 012 200 4985.

We welcome and appreciate contribution from fellow Salukis to part sponsor the event. Please do not hesitate to call us.

Dress Code: Santai Raya!

Please help us make this event a success. Thank you very much SALUKIS.

SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL FITRI 1 SHAWAL 1432 H

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I just got a word from our Malaysian SIUC alumni now working at SIUC as Student Recruiter, Southeast Asia, International Program and Services, International Student and Scholars, Mr. Aaron J. Victor that we will be  organising a gathering of all SIUC alumni in Kuala Lumpur.

Still tentative though, but shall be as follows:

Date: 20th January 2011

Time: It shall be with dinner

Venue: Still looking a suitable location

Guest/s: We shall be having some SIUC administrators coming down.

PLEASE spread the words. Keep checking this site for further updates.

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Yes, we had a wonderful gathering on 11th October at Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir. As I had promised to upload some of the photos, here they are:

Osman and Othman

Osman and Othman

Moslim with daughter (back) and Othman while Zambri and Osman at the background

Moslim with daughter (back) and Othman while Zambri and Osman at the background

Burhan talking to Megat and wife

Burhan talking to Megat and wife

Rauff listening to Megat and Osman's conversation

Rauff listening to Megat and Osman's conversation

As the person taking charge of the food, Burhan asked Fauzan and Othman if they need more

As the person taking charge of the food, Burhan asked Fauzan and Othman if they need more

The rest of the family members prefer the shade and to be seated

The rest of the family members prefer the shade and to be seated

The second generations made friends easily as did their parents

The second generations made friends easily as did their parents

yes ... recalling the good old days stories (Zambri, Burhan, Rauff and Megat standing while Othman seated)

yes ... recalling the good old days stories (Zambri, Burhan, Rauff and Megat standing while Othman seated)

we talk, and talk, and talk ...

we talk, and talk, and talk ...

everybody were busy talking

everybody were busy talking

Sis. Yaman (Osman) talking to Sis. Norliza (Moslim) while their children prefer to talk standing

Sis. Yaman (Osman) talking to Sis. Norliza (Moslim) while their children prefer to talk standing

Brother Osman and family left for Dubai yesterday en route to Khartoum bringing back sweet memories of a short stay in Malaysia meeting long lost friends. It was also unfortunate that some of us were not able to make it.

However, Shuki Osman made an extra effort taking a trip all the way from Kulim to meet Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak at Batu Ferringhi despite he was not feeling well and being on medication.

Thank you Shuki for the wonderful lunch and sharing some of the nostalgic photos.

Thank you Shuki for the wonderful lunch and sharing some of the nostalgic photos.

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Well, after a short notice and a simple preparation, we finally managed to gather at Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir.

11102009(027)We had Wan Burhan Wan Ismail (who arrived first and brought Nasi Lemak and mineral water), Zambri Mohd Tenang (brought karipap), Othman Ismail, Megat Hisham Hassan and wife (brought homemade kuih lapis), Abdul Rauff Sarail, Moslim Jaafar and his big family (minus one), Mohd Fauzan Mohd Nor and his family (who came all the way from Malacca, and of course our special guest all the way from Sudan, Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak and his family.

Khalid Zakaria called a day before that he cannot make it at the last minute and there was no news from Mohd Saupi for able to make it and so was Wan Ibrahim.

11102009(033)What was interesting to see the family members and interactions among the 2nd generations among us. Though it was the first time for some of them to meet they were able to continue the brotherly relationship like their parents did.

Thanks to all who made the effort to come and meet our brother Osman whom we had not met for over 20 years!

Will write more and upload additional photos later.

p.s. – I do not know who brought the other container of kuih lapis – sorry for not giving the rightful credit.

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Taman Tasik Ampang HilirFor those who are not familiar with Ampang area, you may want to use the map below as a guide.

Directions:

1.Using Middle Ring Road (MRR2)

a. Coming from Zoo Negara:

Pondok Tmn Tsk Ampang HilirExit at Ampang Jaya i.e. before Ampang Point flyover. Follow under the flyover to the Ampang road junction take right at the light towards the city. Turn left after Shell and Petronas (before Lorenzo) – Lorong Ru. Turn right at Jalan Ampang Hilir. The lake is at your right. Parking and and entrance clearly visible.

In case you missed the Ampang Point/Jaya exit, proceed the MRR2, U-turn at the next two exit (i.e. exit Pandan Jaya – passed Tesco). Then follow (b.)

pandangan Tmn Tsk Ampang Hilirb. Coming from Cheras:

After Tesco (Kg Pandan), take Jalan Ampang exit after Shell and the lake. Keep left and turn towards the city at Jalan Ampang. Turn left after Shell and Petronas (before Lorenzo) – Lorong Ru. Turn right at Jalan Ampang Hilir. The lake is at your right. Parking and and entrance clearly visible.

2. Coming from the city along Jalan Ampang, U-turn at the light under the MRR2 flyover. Take Jalan Ampang back towards the city, turn left after Shell and Petronas (before Lorenzo) – Lorong Ru. Turn right at Jalan Ampang Hilir. The lake is at your right. Parking and and entrance clearly visible.

The map below should be helpful.

Guide to Taman Tasik Ampang

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Calling SIU-C Alumni, especially 1982-1987, we plan to have a simple Raya picnic (with your family along).

Date: 11 October 2009 (Sunday)

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am (most of us need to rush to other Raya Open House invitations and/or wedding receptions after that – so let us all be punctual and finish on time)

Agenda: Just meet and talk, talk, talk

Location: Taman Rekreasi DBKL Tasik Ampang Hilir (just opened before Raya) – next to Shell Station along MRR2 before Ampang Point if coming from Cheras or after Ampang Point if coming from Zoo Negara (map)

Food/Drink: Simple Nasi Lemak bungkus, a little bit of pasta, and other light Raya cookies (as you will all be going to attend various functions after that) – and mineral water. Unless we have other sponsors (please tell me)

SPECIAL GUEST: Bro. Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak (Sudanese) SIU-C 1985-1987 – he and his family has been in town for vacation since yesterday – and wish to meet all his Malaysian friends.

PLEASE confirm your attendance to avoid food wastage (and also tak cukup makan!).

HELP spread the words …

Person to contact:

1. Karim Omar 019-3199-788 (akarimomar@yahoo.com)

2. Wan Burhan 016-395-6497 (logonwb@yahoo.com)

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Updated (9 Oct 09):

Confirmed coming:

  1. Mohd Zambri Tenang *
  2. Moslim Jaafar ++
  3. Wan Burhan Ismail +
  4. Othman Ismail
  5. Wan Ibrahim Wan Long *
  6. Mohd Saupi Fauzi
  7. Khalid Zakaria

Confirmed NOT coming:

  1. Sheikh Jaafar Sheikh Ismail
  2. Shuki Osman
  3. Mohd Hussin Ali
  4. Mukhsin Tajuddin

Note:

  • + : with spouse
  • ++ : with family
  • * : no indication

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Selamat Pengantin Baru to Lokman Hussin – eldest child of Mohd Hussin Ali and Noraini Ahmad.

Many of us took this opportunity to meet up with old friends that we have not met for so long. There were 20 of us including the host – at least based on the list that I gathered to update the “Who is where” page.

After more than 20 years you surely have difficulty recalling some of the names. But never mind – it is not the time to feel offended.

As a quick update of the blog, I would like to share some of the photos in this brief posting.

Group photo after the majlis - some had left

Group photo after the majlis - some had left

When Hussin & Noraini made their round to our table

When Hussin & Noraini made their round to our table

More photos to come. I am also hoping others who came could share their photos and/or comment/article – please.

A big thank you to Hussin and Noraini for making it sort of our mini-gathering – we are looking forward for this similar one for your other children.

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“Tempat jatuh lagi dikenang …” is not just a Malay “peribahasa” that we learned during our school days but I am sure we definitely find it true to its meaning.

Carbondale used to be our kampong and coincidentally rhymes well thus we playfully call it Kampong Dale. Be it just for a semester of intensive English course before you went to another university, life in Carbondale was full with memories. For some, you spent years there beginning as a single teenager coming home many years later not just with huge baggage but you bring home a family of your own.

Such days throughout the four extreme midwest seasons in the southern tip of Illinois, where the student population is more than or equal the population of the local residents, there were so many nostalgic moments that still linger and we rushed to share every time we meet our old friends from Carbondale.

Thus, this blog was created after a long breakfast get together with Hazimi, Zambri (Teng) and Wan Burhan at a stall by the roadside along a busy KL street. We had too many stories and nostalgic moments to bring back and laugh at until we realised that it was already time to go when the crowd started to come for their lunch. Well, I have not met Zimi for the good 20 years that also explained.

With this blog, it is hope that all those who had spent some days or years in Carbondale would be able to share with others their sweet memories, maybe some sad moments too or just say anything about those days in Kampong Dale.

I welcome all of you to drop a few paragraphs (send it to my email, below). It would always be nice if accompanied with some sweet old photos.

Do frequent this blog.

Sincerely,

Karim Omar (1982-1984)
akarimomar@yahoo.com

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