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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.

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)

The No. 1 SIU (9-1, 8-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference) took advantage of numerous turnovers as it defeated Missouri State 44-24 Saturday in the final regular-season home game at McAndrew Stadium.
The win guaranteed the Salukis the outright conference title, and made them the first team ever to go undefeated in league play. They also set the MVFC record with their 14th straight conference win.
Head coach Dale Lennon said taking the conference title outright has been on the minds of the players all week.
“It was definitely on the players’ minds,” Lennon said. “That is all the senior class emphasized, we don’t want to share this. We want to be greedy. It’s one of the only times I can be OK with greed.”
The conference title is the fifth one SIU has won since 2004, but only its second outright title. Last year the Salukis shared the title with Northern Iowa.
The Bears came into Saturday looking to stop their six-game losing streak against the Salukis, and after the Bears’ first possession, it seemed as if all the pre-game pageantry would be for naught.
On the fourth play of the game, running back Chris Douglas tore through the middle of SIU’s defense, going 65-yards untouched to give Missouri State a 7-0 lead in less than two minutes.
The scamper was the longest run given up by the Salukis this season, and only the second time this season the opposition scored on its opening drive.
The Salukis answered back though, as quarterback Paul McIntosh found wide receiver Joe Allaria up the middle for a 56-yard reception. Senior running back Deji Karim capped off the drive with his seven-yard touchdown run — his 12th rushing touchdown of the season.
Missouri State (6-5, 4-4 MVFC) continued its ground assault on the next drive, rushing all the way to SIU’s 16-yard line, but a botched option between quarterback Cody Kirby and Douglas resulted in a fumble that SIU’s Tony Colletti scooped it up.
“We had a guy there on the spot, ready to force the quick pitch,” Lennon said. “The pitch was mishandled and we were on top of it. The big plays I feel were in the first half and set us up for pulling ahead of Missouri State.”
The string of turnovers was only beginning for the Bears.
On the ensuing SIU punt, returner Cedric Alvis took the ball 22-yards before fumbling it on the Bears’ 39-yard line.
The Salukis made them pay as Karim punched in his second touchdown of the day on a three-yard run up the middle.
The defense got in on the scoring as cornerback Brandon Williams picked off Kirby and ran it back for the score, giving the Salukis a 21-7 lead.
Mike McElroy did his best Williams impression early in the third quarter as he returned a Kirby pass 80-yards to the end zone to put the Salukis up 41-7.
“That play was tiring,” McElroy said. “Having to run up the field like that was a good workout.”
Missouri State finished the game with five turnovers, including three interceptions. Missouri State outgained SIU 464 yards to 358 yards, but Lennon said statistics are irrelevant when the defense forces turnovers.
“You can’t even look at the statistics for this game to do justice to it,” Lennon said. “When your defense is getting turnovers and getting points off of them. We lost a couple series because of those plays. Then in the fourth quarter we brought in all the backups, so the numbers mean nothing.”
Karim continued his dream season, finishing with 14 carries for 117 yards and three touchdowns. The redshirt senior leads the Football Championship Subdivision with 14 rushing touchdowns. He even showed off some hands, catching a pass in the second quarter after it bounced off Allaria.
“He told me after the play that he planned that, but it was going all the way all day after that,” Karim said.

from The Daily Egyptian – http://www.siude.com/sports/salukis-win-conference-championship-1.2083459

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!

Innalillahi wa inna lillahi rajioon

Sdra. Shuid Salleh (Jojo) ex-SIUC-Engineering telah kembali ke rahmatullah pukul 4.40 ptg 16hb Nov. 2009 dan disemadikan pada hari sama di kampung bapanya dekat Kepala Batas, Kedah.

Beliau mengidap sakit kanser paru-paru.

Semoga rohnya diletakkan bersama orang-orang yang mulia.

 

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.

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.

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

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

from Daily Egyptan:

Published: Monday, March 30, 2009

Updated: Monday, March 30, 2009

Carbondale Police are still looking for three males they believe were involved in an incident in which shots were fired at Lewis Park Apartments early Saturday morning.

Officers responded to a disturbance call just after 12:30 a.m. and found several men and women fighting in the complex’s apartment complex, police said in a Monday news release.

Witnesses said they heard two or three gunshots fired, but Officer Randy Mathis said the bullets struck no one.

Police said an 18-year-old Carbondale man, who was treated for injuries and released from Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, and an 18-year-old Marion woman reported being struck by one of the suspects during the scuffle.

The three men left the area in a four-door sedan with Missouri license plates shortly after the shots were fired, police said.

Police said anyone with information regarding this incident can call 618-549-2677 to submit an anonymous tip.