13 August 2012

Pakcik reminisces ( Pt 25 a) - The flags

The house phone rang and Makcik, sensing that it was hers, quickly ran inside to answer. I could imagine the usual opening question she would get from this particular friend. Her light-hearted response was, “ Tengah pasang bendera,lah! ( fixing flags !)” Indeed she had been busy fixing Malaysian flags, one was already flapping merrily in the strong morning sea breeze in front of the house; and as if that was not enough she was now fixing a second one upstairs. As long as my memory goes she never failed to be busy fixing her Malaysian flags at about this time of the year when we were in KL.
Malaysian flags in August . Is Makcik that patriotic?

I remember when we first moved to this part of the world nineteen years ago I had to get a couple of flags from Mydin in town for her.

You see, within these three weeks the two of us will be quietly celebrating in our private way the three most important events in our life. The first will fall on 15th August, time to reminisce and offer prayers of gratitude.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
This is the month when things move for me too. It starts right on the first day, 1st Aug. That's my birthday. I'm a Leo, for better or for worst. What I know is that the whole country celebrates with me for the ensuing 30 more days with flags and buntings and good music.This has been happening for the past 55 years. Isn't it nice to be remembered!


nwar said...

Dedicated.. the first word that comes to mind to describe my dearest "Makcik". Her dedication .. a wife, a sister, a grandma, MY mother... no one, can surpasses. If "Pakcik" is captain of this lovely ship, then indeed, Makcik is the loyal dedicated flag bearer.

Love you both, ever more every day.

Haslina said...

Bravo to Makcik (and of course you too, Pakcik). Care to divulge what the 3 most important events are?

Al-Manar said...


You are my lucky friend to have the whole country celebrating the arrival of Merdeka month. I join them all to wish you a belated 'many happy returns of the day'

Hari Raya pun bulan August juga tahun ini.

Al-Manar said...


Wea are all very lucky to have a good ship with a full complement of dedicated crew.

Al-Manar said...


But of course I will. There is no secret at all and there is nothing exclusive.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
I have asked my Mama to put up at least one flag on her car. So far, she hasn't done it. I'm going to deduct her cuddle ration. Takut rosak cat kereta dia tu.... har har har *evil laughs*

naniasda said...

With two flags waving merrily in your compound I would say Makcik is more than patriotic!

Salam Aidilfitri dan Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan Ke-55 :)

ahmad humairi said...

السلم عليكم ورحمة الله

Semangat patriotik yang patut dicontohi, tahniah.

Hari ini hari ulang tahun kelahiran isteri saya. Tiada sambutan khas, hanya iringan doa moga panjang umur serta dimurahkan rezeki, di bawah peliharaan Allah jua.


Selamat menyambut lebaran yang bakal tiba. Maaf Zahir dan batin, maaf atas segala-galanya.

Al-Manar said...


Watch out the new traffic law that all vehicle must show Malaysian flags. A flag can wipe out dust and all that. It is a cat that scratches furniture and all and should be banned from living domestically.

Al-Manar said...


I am not sure if were are truly patriotic. I will certainly not go to war to defend 1 Malaysia; reason? Warga suoer mas!

Selamat Hari Raya. Ad nasi kerabu special?

Al-Manar said...

Cikgu Humairi,

Isteripun berhari lahir bulan August? Semoga dipanjang umur dan berbahagia dengan suami, anak anak dan cucu cuci (?) Tengok Hank (Kaykuala) diatas yang juga berhari jadi bulan ini. Saya sendiri terlepas dua hari.

Saya dan isteri menuggu-nunggu ketibaan anak cucu balik memeriahkan suasana; kemasjid sembahyang raya dan makan minum bersama tetamu.

Harapnya pihak Cikgu pun dipenuhi suasana kegembiraan

ahmad humairi said...

Assalamualaikum again,

Ada pautan hyperlink pada perkataan SALAM MERDEKA pada komen saya di atas. Kalau sudi klik perkataan itu untuk ke posting saya yang dulu-dulu tu...

Wan Sharif said...

Talking about bendera (flag).. I remembered in one of the Malay movie.. where th script goes something like" Ayya!sudah mati pun kena bawak bendela" :)
Selamat belayar Tuan Kkoda!

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
I've just written a verse using the Red okra image given by you as a prompt. Do check it out at 'Rainbow' Thanks once again,Sir!