15 April 2014

Wedding we would never want to miss

Last Saturday was a good day for a pleasant drive to KL even for the sole reason of attending a wedding reception of a couple whose marriage ceremony had taken place earlier in London, where they work. Pakcik and Makcik could not possibly deny ourselves the pleasure of seeing the handsome groom, Hafiz. We have known him from his young school days, learning Arabic with Arab students in London. His parents are none other than the famed journalists/bloggers, Awang Goneng ( Wan Hulaimi) and Kak Teh (Zaharah).    

Hafiz and the proud mother (Kah Teh) with the beautiful bride (Nora) in between

And the proud Awang Goneng (Wan Hulaimi) with us

We pray for a marriage that will be blessed with lasting happiness, qualifying the couple the status of parenthood, and their parents the status of ‘datukship’. Ameen.

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Ismail aka Pak Mail said...

Pak Cik,

'We pray for a marriage that will be blessed with lasting happiness, qualifying the couple the status of parenthood'.

Pak Cik, do you drive all the way from Kuala Trengganu to KL solely by yourself. Just wonderingly.

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik
Wishing both the bride and groom the best for the future. May all their dreams come true!


Awang Goneng said...

Dear Abang Ngah & Kak Mah, Thank you for going through all the trouble to be at the family get together. Hafiz and Nora were married in Londra last year but Nora's family thought we should gather our respective tribes here in our homeland, so we all came back to join force with them at Nora's family house in Cheras, and the spillover, those who could not be accommodated there, more family members and those who knew Hafiz from when he was a toddler, gathered in our Taman on the wild side of Kuala Lumpur. We were so happy that you and some members of your family could join us there as the al Manar family are very dear to us all (Hafiz used to steal chocolates from your fridge in London, remember?).

Awang Goneng said...

Not so much a wedding but a family get together. Hafiz and Nora were married in London last year so we thought we'd gather the tribe to meet the couple. We were so very happy Abang Ngah and Kak Mah that you could come with some of your family members. We came back - all of us together for the first time - to meet the Deranis (Nora's family) but as we could not all be accommodated there, we thought we'd invite family members and those who knew Hafiz when he was a toddler to a get together.

Al-Manar said...


Thank you and ameeen to your prayers.

Indeed I did the driving, like an old captain wlth his old submarine, a scene you were very familiar with in your earlier days.

Al-Manar said...

Dear Hank,

If I were anywhere like you I would be reciting haiku and the like at the reception. It would have been quite appropriate at such an occasion.

Al-Manar said...


It was a truly wonderful gathering of the clan. A number of them brought back the very, very pleasant old memories. We would probably not have such an oppertunity to see the like of Mek and Nik Maimunah - an occasion to witness huggings and silence stares with teary eyes. And I know we would want to meet these people again now that we been brought together. Abang Ngah recounted to Nik Maimunah of those occasions more than sixty years ago when she was staying in the same house with arwah Ayah Ngah Wan Daud. I used to borrow Enid Blyton books that she brought home from SSS library.

And Hafiz, the toddler trying to figure out the Arabic word for banana! Old memories die hard, rekindled and fired afresh. Hafiz and Nora are just beginning a new series, a new column, a new sheet for all to share and admire. Kita semua sama berdoa - semua yang baik dari NYA.

Aziela said...


Pak Hassan,

You and makcik do look so happy in the event. Obviously not because of the food, but because of the relationships and ukhuwah. Far more valuable than anything else.

A very beautiful and mystery issue. The ukhuwah, even not related through blood..but the sincerity binds humans stronger.

Pakcik's No.1 said...

Dear Babah and Uncle Hulaimi,

I was so looking forward to attend the wedding but unfortunately a prior engagement up north had kept me away from the happy occasion. My student days in Gran Bretagna had witnessed the big-eyed toddler Hafiz grew into a teenager. Was hoping to meet him again as a handsome young man. Anyway, wishing Hafiz and his sweet bride a very happy marriage. Semoga sentiasa diberkati & dirahmati olen Nya.

Pakcik's No.1

Al-Manar said...


This is the opportunity our life allows us to benefit from good human relation that we care to develop without being selfish. You noticeably have a lot of friends and relatives. One day you will enjoy what you have been doing - you hardly realise now because you are still young.

Al-Manar said...

No 1,

Yes, we all remember that boy who is no longer one. Likewise we do not realise how fast Azim and Arif have grown in our midst. Soon they will no longer be school kids! Life is full of joys if we care to put aside the occasional dark moments and think of them as spices in life.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the couple. How happy you and Makcik in the second picture! I could see your teeth up to molar! Hehe
Lots of love,Azmiera

Al-Manar said...


Just wait till you drop by. You will have an ear bitten!