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Bubur Lambuk Siantan

oleh Pengarang: Hadi Nik

Lokasi: Apartment Siantan, Taman Putra Perdana, Puchong.

Bubur Lambuk amat sinonim sebagai juadah istimewa kepada masyarakat Islam di Malaysia menyambut menjelangnya bulan Ramadhan dan juga sebagai juadah berbuka puasa.

Beras wangi ditanak dicampurkan dengan daging, pelbagi jenis ramuan rempah ratus dan santan pekat sehingga mendatangkan bau yang harum dan rasa lemak yang enak. Di masjid, di surau dan di bazaar Ramadhan, pasti kita akan bertemu dengannya khususnya pada bulan Ramadhan.

Proses menyedia Bubur Lambuk ini amat rumit kerana bahan campurannya begitu banyak perlu disediakan terlebih dahulu, tambahan pula ia dimasak dalam anggaran yang banyak. Amat seronok jika ia dilakukan secara bergotong royong bersama jiran tetangga. Semangat kejiranan, tolong menolong, permuafakatan, hubungan silaturrahim yang terjalin akan semakin bertambah erat dan mesra lagi antara dengan aktiviti sebegini. Tak kira peringkat umur, lelaki perempuan, dewasa dan kanak-kanak turut membantu bersama dan memeriahkan suasana.

Begitu juga di Apartment Siantan,Taman Putra Perdana, Puchong. Menjelang bulan Ramadhan pada tahun 2014 yang lalu, saya menyaksikan dan mengambil peluang merakamkan bagaimana Bubur Lambuk ini disediakan. Setiap orang telah diberikan tugas masing-masing dari menyediakan bahan sehinggalah tugas memasak. Setelah siap, juadah ini dibahagi dan dimakan bersama-sama jiran tetangga.

Aktiviti sebegini merupakan aktiviti yang baik antara jiran tetangga yang dilakukan setiap tahun menjelangnya bulan Ramadhan. Dalam era globalisasi, marcapada ini, sikap mementingkan diri sendiri dan sikap tidak mempedulikan orang lain semakin menebal seperti yang terkandung dalam pepatah Melayu “bagai enau dalam belukar melepaskan pucuk masing-masing”. Semangat kejiranan dan altruism semakin sima. Justeru, aktiviti kejiranan seperti ini perlu diadakan selalu bagi memupuk sikap bertanggungjawab dan “ambil tahu” antara jiran tetangga dalam masyarakat.

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Eidul Adha di Kampung Lok Lak

oleh Pengarang: Hadi Nik

Lokasi: Kampung Lok Lak, Besut, Terengganu

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Pagi Hari Raya Qurban tahun 2014 memberikan pengalaman yang tidak akan saya lupakan apabila saya dapat menyaksikan ibadah Qurban dijalankan di perkampungan Lok Lak di Besut, Terengganu. Seronok melihatkan kemeriahan sambutan di sana. Penuh dengan pengertian yang susah untuk dilihat dan dialami oleh sesetengah masyarakat di kawasan bandar.

Bagi mereka yang menyertai Qurban, mereka hendaklah berada di tempat penyembelihan dan menyaksikan segala proses dari mula hingga akhir. Daging dari penyembelihan pula diberi kesemuanya secara sama rata kepada peserta Qurban mengikut haiwan yang disembelih. Kemudian terpulang kepada peserta Qurban untuk mengagihkan daging ini kepada fakir miskin di kawasan penempatan mereka.

Meriahnya ibadah ini dijalankan di sini apabila segala kerja dilakukan secara gotong royong oleh penduduk kampung tanpa mengira penat dan lelah. Bagi mereka yang menjadi tuan rumah pula, hidangan makanan dan minuman akan disediakan bagi mereka yang terlibat. Dapat dilihat hubungan kejiranan masih kuat dan utuh di kalangan mereka. Yang pastinya Eidul Adha cukup bermakna buat penduduk setempat di sini.

Thaipusam Festival, Batu Caves 2015

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3 February 2015 | Murugan Temple, Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

A Series of Documentary
(Random Selections @ Low Resolution)

© 2015 Mahfuz Jaffar
Fujifilm x100s

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Wikipedia: Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated mostly by the Tamil community on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai (January/February).

The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

Soorapadman (also known as Soorapadam), was an asura. He was the son of the rishi Kashyapa and an asura princess, Maya, who illusively enchanted Kashyapa into marrying her. He, and his two other brothers, were said to have received a boon from Lord Shiva that protected him from death in the hands of beings apart from a Being manifested from Lord Shiva Himself.

This, he believed would grant him immortality. As such, he began tormenting all the good souls of the universe. Enraged with his actions, Lord Siva is said to have created Lord Murugan (thus creating a new deity, who would be exempt from the boon) from the flames emanating from his Third Eye on his forehead (symbolizing the eye of wisdom). Receiving the vel (lance) from Lord Siva’s consort, Parvathi, Lord Murugan set forward to defeat Soorapadman.

On the fifth day of Kandha Sasthi, Soorapadman, comes to see Lord Murugan and is shown the Vishwaroopam. Only Soorapadman and Arjuna from the Mahabharata have seen a Vishwaroopam and are consided to be very lucky to have witnessed one. Having conceded defeat at the hands of Murugan, Soorapadman remembered that he was of the Asura clan, and as such he would not surrender.

As such he faced the son of Shiva nonetheless in battle and was defeated. As a last stand when all his illusions had failed him, Soorapadman became a mango tree in hope of escaping death at the hands of young Lord Kandha. His illusion was brought to light, when with the Sri Vel, Lord Murugan split the tree in two. One half became the peacock,that is Lord Murugan’s vahanam (vehicle) the other half became the cockerel that is on the Lord’s flag.

There is a misconception among people that Thaipusam marks Murugan’s birthday; however, it is believed that Vaikhasi Vishakam, which falls in the Vaikhasi month (May/June), is Murugan’s birthday.

#Thaipusam #BatuCaves

Japan Street Photography: Homage to Daido

by Author: Hean Kuan Ong

All the photographs in this album was taken in Shinjuku. That is my homage to Daido Moriyama, the greatest Japanese street photographer. My impression of Daido Moriyama’s works are black, lonely, timid but yet attractive. He walks the streets especially Shinjuku, taking random shots for many years, and still doing it. He do mentioned while he was walking the streets of Shinjuku taking random pictures, he was actually capturing the desire of humankind, as if he is capturing his desire too.

I started to think, what is so impressive about Shinjuku? What attracts him so much until he can keep shooting in Shinjuku? Therefore I decided to travel Tokyo, and stayed at Shinjuku. I want to experience the streets that been walking by him, trying to realize what he meant about the desire. In fact, the shots I took end up reflects my desire towards Shinjuku.

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Photo-Essay: Pasar Basah Bukit Mertajam

oleh Pengarang: Muhammad Fathul Izzat

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Pasar Basah Bukit Mertajam yang terletak di tengah-tengah pekan Bukit Mertajam adalah suatu kawasan pasar yang sangat luas dan besar dan di anggarkan sudah beroperasi sejak 55 tahun lepas lagi.

Secara khususnya masyarakat setempat akan membeli keperluan harian di sini. Ini kerana segala-galanya dijual di pasar ini dari sekecil-kecil keperluan sehingga sebesar-besar keperluan segala-galanya lengkap. Sekiranya ingin membeli keperluan kering terdapat sebuah gudang membeli-belah di bahagian atasnya, tetapi malangnya pada awal tahun ini gudang itu terbakar dan mengakibatkan segala aktiviti perniagaan terhenti seketika.

Pasar ini juga dianggap sebagai nadi kehidupan dan ekonomi bagi peniaga-peniaga di sini.

Shoot with:
Canon EOS 500N
Kodak Portra 160

Kuda Kepang: Satu Dokumentari Perjuangan Seni dan Budaya

Irama Perjuangan

dengungan gong,
memuja semangat jiwa,
dalam tarian perang,
yang lembut tapi berbisa,
menari lah jiwa,
tatkala irama perjuangan mulai di dendang,
kita bangkit dalam rumpun bangsa,
adalah irama dari tanah nusantara.

jatuh bangun,
bangkit dalam kesakitan,
di hina di cerca,
besabarlah jiwa,
pukulan gendang perjuangan,
makin rancak iramanya,
memuja semangat jiwa,
agar bangsa ini terus berdiri,
seteguh alif pada sifatnya.

Sajak Perjuangan Nukilan: Paradukhar Bardarakh

Lokasi: Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Bandar Kesenian dan Kebudayaan, Johor. Malaysia.
Tarikh: 27 – 28 September 2014

Fotografer: Mahfuz Hj. Jaffar
(©2014 All Rights Reserved)

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“I was just interested in recording it, I didn’t know where and when it would be published. Documenting communities is my passion, because as time goes by, our history is disappearing.” – Mahfuz Hj. Jaffar

Vietnam Street Photography: Hanoi

by Author: Hean Kuan Ong

The streets are messy, so many people walking around, riding through from various direction. I was so afraid to cross the road, because of the busy traffic. “Crossing the road here is easy, just close your eyes and walk across.” This is the sentiment joke always throw by the Hanoi local people. What local people actually mean is the Hanoi drivers will actually make ways for people who crossed the road, so take it easy.

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Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, it is a country’s second largest city. To me, Hanoi is a bondage city. Probably because I was staying in the Old Quarter. While walking down the street, I realized a branch of electricity wires was heavily loaded and hanging above our top.

Old Quarter’s streets were so crowded with various kind of people, travellers, hawkers, office guys and ladies, and a lots of them wearing traditional suit, especially the hawkers, which it makes me ponder, do they travel time from 70s?