08 October 2011

All in the Family ( Part 1 ) -Yesterday & Tomorrow

My series ‘Pakcik Reminisces’ has numbered 22 parts, with likely more to come. In writing about my past I cannot help bringing in certain aspects of the immediate members of my family. Inadvertently, one may get the impression of unnecessary pride. This is something I wish to avoid. I see this is as good reason as any to create a new series to be called ‘All in the Family’, this being Part 1, the spearhead. Dear readers may opt to leave unread entries in this series.
Look at the following car registration numbers.
TAX 7917

TAH 7917 and TAB 9717

Earlier There was another vehicle bearing registration number TT 7917.

All of them belong to the lower end of locally manufactured car models, lacking in prestige as much as the plate numbers can testify. But seeing so many cars registered with that number under one owner can raise eyebrows – what’s in that number?
And somewhere in a garage is our very precious 30-year old BMW 525i undergoing a major operation by the end of which it should be running better than new! This vehicle bears registration plate WBA 7917.
The TAB 9717 was forced on us as we were late on deciding to buy the car. For the same reason we once had 1969 on registration plate.
7917 is just a number made up of 7, 9 and 17, the birthdates of our three children.
On 7th October, exactly forty-six years ago YESTERDAY, our Number 1, the only daughter was born.
Click on the picture to enlarge

Ainun's and her wiriting in the sand of time '10 Tahun - 7 10 75 KTR'
36 years ago


On 9th October, exactly forty-three years ago TOMORROW, our Number 2, a boy, was born.

Anwar's and his writing in the sand of time ' 9 . 10 . 75 KTR'
36 years ago


On 17th July, thirty-nine years ago last July, our Number 3, another boy, was born.
That made the initial five of us in the family.

The happy family : No 1, Babah, No 3, Mami and No 2
Camreron Highlands 30 years ago

The precious three

So there we are. The gift of three children is everything to us, nothing ever matches their worth. Lest our memory fails us, we should have those numbers to remind us of their birthdates. They are everything to us, His greatest gift. After all, they have brought into our family spouses, and in turn have given us ten grand-children to be proud of. But His gift does not stop there. Through Almanar we can claim many, many more children to keep us busy as the light grows dimmer in the west, before the final curtain falls.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


GUiKP said...

Salam Pak Hassan
I will be working in Kuantan on the weekend of 22/23 Oct. We, and our three precious ones, plan to pay you a visit in AlManar around that dates. Hope that will materialise. Keep well.

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
A nostalgic journey down memory lane. Alhamdulillah for a journey with foresight which is of extreme satisfaction now. What with grand children as icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing and I'm craving for more!


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
A picture of a blessed family. Next instalment should be how you all celebrate borthdays? purrr. ..meow!

Ismail aka Pak Mail said...

Salam Pakcik,

I believe our love towards our children are translated in many ways by expression.

I once had a small company named that comes from a combination of my first two children.

Al-Manar said...


You are welcome. Please contact 019 9839703 , almanar@pd.jaring.my

Al-Manar said...


We remenber the pleasant parts, overshadowing the painful moments. Such is love.

Al-Manar said...


AS the number of birthdays ahead is uncertain we tend to look at each day as one and celebrate it as a gift. I envy what you do, making the unfortunate ones happy. Trying to educate their young ones is a thankless job.

Al-Manar said...


Did you hand over the small company to them to run ? It would be just great.

Unknown said...

Salam Pak Cik, down memory lane...a nostalgic journey indeed. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you and family a blessed life all the way...

Al-Manar said...


Thank you Linda. It is nice to see you around again.

Wan Sharif said...

In my chasing rainbows (read: drilling of oil wells)I must have missed this entry.. no I did not opt to leave unread entries...
Nice nostalgic family related entry.. that can make readers know you better ..perhaps!


seronok bace blog pak cik.

Al-Manar said...

Ayah Wang,

I do not want people to know too much about me - salah buak macang nok besor ddiri. Bujang nniat aggitu. Biar tahu serbe sikit doh lah.

You are already well known Ayah Wang. Doh jjepuk orang makang kerumoh. Saye dok sapar tahak tu.

Al-Manar said...


Pernah belajar di Almanar? Sekarang ramai F3 sekolah Mengabang Lekor belajar dengan pakcik. Telepon Pakcik: 019 9839703. Tak usah segan.

naliahmad said...

i don't know how i missed this post. probably, after reading about the sugar cracker girl, i clicked over to the comments section without realising there was more. i certainly didn't skip reading it on purpose, pakchik. not any of your posts, especially not rare posts of this kind from you. it offers glimpses of the person that you are. and you certainly don't come across as besor ddiri. there is nothing wrong with celebrating ALLAH's gifts to us, is there? makes us count our blessings and realise they are just endless. hoping to see more 'our family' soon.

Al-Manar said...


I am very pleased that over the years I have attracted a few persons who enjoy what I write. Somewhat regretful, I wish they come across for me to know their presence. It is like giving a talk. The number of ardent listeners in the audience makes the speaker enthusiastic or otherwise. I appreciate what you said, dear Nali.