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Ramadan Mubarak to fellow Muslims to all SIU-Carbondale alumni. Almost 30 years has passed. And now that Ramadan is again been celebrated in the long summer days.

With the Eid mood coming, it is quite nostalgic to view the photos of the Eid celebrations – the Solatul Eid and the qurban that we did together. Thanks to Wan Burhan for sharing the photos.

Back row (L-R): ?, Megat Hisham, Mohd Ayub Amirdad, Abdul Rashid Hussien, Che Wahab Che Man, Haji Sulaiman Haji Osman, Wan Burhan Wan Ismail, Mohd Hussin Mohd Ali, A. Karim Omar, Adnan Alamasi Front (L-R): ?, Ghazali, Wan Ibrahim Wan Long, Abdul Rauff Sarail, Jani Majuni, Mohd Shukri Azam, Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak, Tageldin As-Sanosi, Wan Abdul Azim Wan Abdullah

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(L-R) Abdul Rashid Hussien, Che Wahab Che Man, Wan Burhan Wan Ismail, A. Karim Omar, Mohd Yazid Md Saman

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Below; Qurban is almost a must and a new experience to some when it comes for the Eidul Adha (Raya Haji). Seen here are Wan Burhan dan Haji Sulaiman being helped by Mohd Saupi Pauzi. And does it look like Megat Hisham at the background? I wonder who is that shirtless brother.

I have still some missing names – please help me in identifying them.

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Here are most photos (courtesy of Wan Burhan) to the previous two postings before:

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Continue from previous posting Camping at Ferne Clyffe State Park

More photos from our camping at Ferne Clyffe Park in Southern Illinois.

As part of the activities, we would hike around the park early in morning after our Fajr prayer. (Standing L-R) Che Wahab, Karim (me), Rashid and TJ Jailani while Yazid and Burhan sitting. Yazid is now a Professor at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (former KUSTEM – transferred from UPM Serdang). Despite comiing from Negeri Sembilan he is now comfortable speaking his wife’s Trengganuspeak.

Slow flowing stream is just a few yards from our tents. (L-R) Rashid, Burhan (seated), TJ Jailani (standing), ?, Wahab (hat), Yazid.

Rashid is the only non-Malaysian that always joins us in usrah, various gatherings and outings. As the sole Malay from Singapore among the hundreds of Malays at Carbondale he mixed well among us. The last I spoke to him was in early 1990s while traveling to Singapore. Unfortunately, with my tight schedule then we only managed to spoke over the phone.

Posing on the log (L-R) – Rashid, TJ, myself (hidden) Burhan, Yazid and Wahab catching up. Che Wahab Che Man is now the Principal (Assistant?) of MRSM in Sarawak. I last met him after the last Raya Puasa prayer at Masjid Putih Kuala Terengganu.

Dinner time in front of our tent. Team work is always being tested and preparing for dinner is one of them.

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Now that it is summer, it reminds me of one of the favorite things that we do together during this season was to go camping.

Recently Wan Burhan shared his photos of our camping at the Ferne Clyffe State Park.


Sitting around the campfire enjoying our coffee – L-R Jailani (TJ), Che Wahab, Yazid, Rashid, Karim (me) and Burhan.

During the day we would be enjoying the beautiful scenery around the park – (L-R) Rashid, Wahab (with the hat), Burhan (sitting at the back), ? (front) and Karim (me).

(L-R) – ?, Rashid, Jailani, Burhan, Wahab and Yazid (standing)

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To us from Malaysia, coming from hot and humid weather all the year round and never ever will see snow in our lifetime (if we never got the chance to study overseas), it was one of the most beautiful experience we had every time it snowed in Carbondale.

That would be the time we will put extra layer of thick clothing [even though sometime it was not that cold] covering every part of our body. Everyone of us got the chance of having to play snow for the very first time. How wonderful.

There were a few occasions when SIU had to be closed as many of the roads were not passable. But then for us it will be time to wander around the campus to enjoy the knee deep snow or sometime up to our waist level.

It is so memorable that we would take these opportunities to capture forever in photo shots of various locations, posing as many shots and playing childishly.

Unfortunately, those shots supposed to be captured for future nostalgic story telling to others were not kept properly and either lost or damaged by our humid weather back home. With working up our career and photos kept all over in kampung somewhere and moving from one house to another in keeping up with hectic life – we lost the those memorable shots that we intend to keep.

And that was what happened to me. Many of those photos were gone, lost or damaged.

Here are some of those that I managed to salvaged. Some had to be digitally doctored else the colors were so bad that you wonder what season they were shot – snow turned out yellowish!

Please share you photos here. Send to me your scanned photos.

With Shukri Azam – who has the most sophisticated camera among us.

The childish play … and we enjoyed it

Was this near the Student Center?

By the little “forest” next to the Student Center.

With Che Wahab Che Man … pretending it was a waist deep!

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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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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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