27 December 2014

The SECOND wave - Rain and Snow


A quiet X'mas  Day

 
A X'mas Day to remember 



To my Christian visitors I wish a sadly belated Merry X’mas, with snow and all to add atmosphere to the joyous occasion. To us in Malaysia it has been sad news especially in the East Coast where I am.  

One headline reads “Terengganu virtually cut off..”
Another says that this is 'the worst in history'



With incessant  rain over the last five days we bgan to  expect the worst.  Excessive water would naturally break river banks to flood the surrounding low areas which generally are in bad need of suitably planned monsoon drains.

It was late afternoon of X'mas Day when, from my house, I could see the sea through the gaps in the row of tall casuarina trees ( my Terengganu’s X’mas trees’ look-alike), which I had them planted to help breaking the force of sea breeze carrying salt sprays to our home during Monsoon weather. What I was looking at from my house did  not look at all good, ominous as a matter of fact.

 

 


On  a sudden impulse I reached my camera and walked down to the beach to see any real life drama on the beach, perhaps a rare experience to many but not to us here  
 
 





      Not a very inviting look


It was a weird feeling to see the stormy sea and grey sky stretching all the way to the Western horizon. On the Eastern side runs a a  row of casuarina trees, in a way hiding the predence of our home. ; and stretching north and south runs the seemingly endless stretch of sandy beach to as far as the eyes can see.

 The minous cloud threatening from the western horizon

 

That was X’mas eve for me, yesterday. The atmosphere could be romantic with a slight breeze, accompanied by the  soft sound of waves spreading their foams on the frothy shore;  and there a couple standing hand-in-hand watching the far horizon, or sitting on the soft sand watching baby vrabs running around! 

 A fascinating  sight of foamy waves
spreading froth over the expanse of the sabdy beach

 That was prt of my quiet X'ms Day, standing mersmerised by the the Almighty's works of wonder and admiration. Then I traced back my footsteps in the sandm, happy that I decided to do the least romantic act of the Day but spiritually satisfying. Alhamdulillah.
 
 
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Berkhidmat
Kerana Tuhan
Untuk Kemanusiaan



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14 comments:

madame blossom said...

Assalamualaikum Pakcik.

I was reading the news about the floods in various countries up north, and was reminded of you.

I hope the situation there has been okay, and I doakan pakcik will be safe and good weathers to come soon. Aamiin.

Take care pakcik.

Aziela said...

Assalamualaikum Pakcik.

I have been worried about you and family. I hope your house is still on the safe side.

Keep safe, pakcik.

Al-Manar said...

Madam blossom.
Waalaukum to you. It is very kind of you to think of one you have not met personally. Not everyone of us thinks of someone we have not seen. I ameen your doa that He keeps us and family well.

Al-Manar said...

Aziela
Waalauk salaam

Thank you very much for your concern. I wonder how your part of the world is like. Write me something or a post on you and the flood.

Omong Mak Long..... said...

Assalamualaikum Pak Cik Hassan, I have been thinking about you and the family if everyone is safe and sound. I hope and sincerely doa that the situation will get better soon. I personally have experienced 3 hurricanes from Golf ofMexico on coastal side of Texas .

Uncle said...

Salam to you Pakcik. Semoga Pakcik dan Makcik sentiasa diberikan kesihatan yang baik. InsyAllah. Did you manage to contact Pak Su Ramli in Merbok? Looking forward to reading something about him...you take care and regards to Makcik!

kaykuala said...

Dear Pakcik,
Alhamdulillah! Extremely glad you are blessed with good fortune. Looking at all the expanse of water it gets frightening!

Hank

sintaicharles said...

Salam Pakcik, hope you and your family are safe and healthy. So many things have happened this year and only love and a strong faith can see us through. God's blessings on you always.

The floods and air crashes have taught me an important lesson, that we should be ready for God's calling any time.

Al-Manar said...

Omong Mak Long
Waalaikum salaam, madam.

The greatest of Monsoon storms we experience here are, I am sure, have n o place for comparison against those hurricanes which arere frightening even in pictures. He has a lot to offer us to learn. hasn't HE.

Happy new year to you and family

Al-Manar said...

Uncle
Salaam to you as well.

So far I have not been able to make a conversation with him - just as far as getting through. I am not sure whether he welcomes strangers asking questions on line. Will try again, insya Allah and thank you for your efforts.

Al-Manar said...

Hank,

Like everything else, alah bisa tegak biasaa. It comes to a stage we look forwards for a change. There is beauty in it as well.

Happy new year my friend

Al-Manar said...

Sintaicharles,

From the news your part of the world experiences no less. Yes all these teach us we are not great after all.

Happay New Year to you.

Rahmah Sayuti said...

Assallam pakcik,
It's been some time...indeed the nation was in mourning for the tragedies that befell us, all of which should make us a more grateful people for Allah's bounty. Perhaps we had for so long taken for granted all that has been given to us. A time to reflect and take stock of everything.

Al-Manar said...

Puan Rahmah,

Indeed it has been some time and I have been wondering. There are so many events that ought to make us reflect but, alas, we are human with all the faults. How welcome you are always.

Salaam to you and family