Philosophy in life: We are all walking pieces of brilliant.
I could see that the recent Hari Raya gathering must have meant a lot to the former residents of Lorong Muallap, Teck Hock Village. I never experienced living in the kampung but I felt it when they exchanged past stories with each other. I was given 10 minutes to share the history of Yeo Teck Hock@ Mohamed Ali Abdullah and how his vast acres of land was acquired twice. I thought it was too early to share the details, thus I decided to talk about the book project instead and how the idea came about. Managed to present the historical timeline to the audience in hope it will give them an overview about my great grandfather’s history. How possible it is for a guy who has never lived in the kampung or never knew who Yeo Teck Hock was, to write a book? A question that once lingered in my head that bogged me down is no longer valid. Mum said, “If you are truthful and honest with your intention, HE will make it easier for you”. In the process, I recognised that inspirations, ideas, and discoveries are from HIM. May He continue to provide me with His knowledge and guidance to ease this effort. Ameen. #throwback #reflections #teckhockvillage #lorongmuallap #alhamdulillah #singaporepioneer #history #myroots #chinesemuslim #thingsjustgotreal
Eid Mubarrak to muslims in the world. May we receive the highest rewards for all our good deeds and supplication during the Ramadhan. May Allah allow us to meet the blessed month of Ramadhan again. As today’s sermon mentioned with regards to fostering relations: We ought to feel pain knowing that some of our brothers and sisters are experiencing the pain of hardships and calamity. Lets supplicate for Allah to ease their challenges. Insyaallah #istiqomah #reflections #eid2018 #blessed #hariraya #syawal #muslims #peace #palestine #syria #uyghur #rohingya
Praised be to Allah, Lord of the universe for allowing me to meet this blessed month once again. May He increase our good deeds, protects our bothers n sisters from oppression n poverty, and humanity prevails on this earth. Insyaallah. #ramadan #islam #peace #palestine #syria #rohingya #chinesemuslim #malaysia #indonesia #brunei #aceh
Alhamdulillah. I had the privileged through the invitation of @rohayahlani ,aunt and editor, to attend the launching of Penggali Pusara (Grave Digger) authored by Melor Ralif whose company involves heavily in the exhumation projects of muslim graves in mainland sg n its other islands. I was coat-tailing her presentation n felt the sheer hardwork to author n publish a book; and it was through the cohesive effort of editor, designers, illustrators, publisher and the actual people who fill up the contents of the book. One value that I observed in her is the genuineness to tell a story. The book is available to the public in mid May 2018.
Second day at the NLB scanning through these to piece up the history of my great grandpa Yeo Teck Hock @ Mohammed Ali Abdullah. I know now he was consider as Chinese “totok” or “singkeh” by the locals. Oh! There’s an interactive exhibition on Malay manuscripts and early books at Lvl 10. First ever in Sg and most materials are on loan from the British (get the drift?). It gave me goosebumps n pride to see our Malay literary legacy on display. #colonialism is never good #freethemind jangan minda pun dijajah #singaporepioneer #heritage #history #aceh #atjeh #perangsabil #etniscina
Semarak hari raya tiong hua di #tangkak @abyrunner
A mind-opening journal which gave me insight and compelling accounts of our pioneers living through the distress period. Strong family ties, mutual help from family members, kinsmen n friends provided relief during the grimmest period. My great grandfather demise in 1935, at 72. May Allah place him amongst the pious for your good deeds n charity. Yeo Teck Hock @ Mohamed Ali Abdullah, 1863 to 1935. #teckhockvillage #lorongmuallap #heritage #history #singaporepioneer
For the past weeks, my evenings n weekends have been evolving around Teck Hock Village, Lorong Muallap, and their former residents. Writing a non-fiction book is not an easy feat especially one that requires me to delve into past history. In picture is the house of my late granduncle who lived in Kampung Lorong Muallap. #bookwriting #singaporepioneer #roots #history #heritage #teckhockvillage #lorongmuallap
“Every hardship is an opportunity to bring us closer to Allah (God)”; “The only travelling that matters is that brings us closer to God” ~ @harryfear #alhamdulillah #islamicevents #foodforsoul Masyaallah it was a wonderful evening to have met brother Harry Fear. Have been following his reporting since 2014 when he was covering that dreaded Op Protective Edge in Gaza. An epitome of an ethical journalist. May Allah continue to shower you with hikmah in your advocacy for the oppressed and for humanity. Ameen. #humbled