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Wishing all my muslim friends Selamat Berpuasa and Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan Mubarak to all Muslims

Wishing all my muslim friends Selamat Berpuasa and Ramadan Mubarak.

A poem by Rumi.

There’s a hidden sweetness
in the stomach’s emptiness.

We are lutes, no more, no less.
If the sound box is stuffed
full of anything, no music.

If the brain and the belly
are burning clean with fasting,
every moment a new song
comes out of the fire.

The fog clears, and a new
energy makes you run up the
steps in front of you.

Be emptier and cry like
reed instruments cry.
Emptier, write secrets with
the reed pen.

When you’re full of food and drink,
Satan sits where your
spirit should, an ugly metal
statue in place of the Kaaba.

When you fast, good habits gather
like friends who want to help.

Fasting is Solomon’s ring.
Don’t give it to some illusion
and lose your power.

But even if you’ve lost all
will and control, they come
back when you fast,
like soldiers appearing out
of the ground, pennants
flying above them.

A table descends to your
tent, Jesus’s table.
Expect to see it, when you
fast, this table spread with
other food better than the
broth of cabbages.


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Wishing all my Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya and Eid Mubarak. Sketch of the day no 667 in my moleskine art journal: ketupat raya

Wishing my friends Selamat Hari Raya. Eid Mubarak.

Wishing all my Muslim friends Selamat Hari Raya and Eid Mubarak. Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of the traditional woven ketupat. Ketupat is made with rice or glutinous and woven with palm leaf and eaten as a side dish. It is also used as raya decorations in malaysia. Mohon maaf bantin dan zahir. Forgive my physical and emotional wrongdoings. Eid Mubarak.

Sketch of the day no 655 in my moleskine art journal: Malaysian Kuih Muih. Selamat ramadan.

kuih muih tradisi malaysia

Sketch of the in my moleskine art journal are of a selection of traditional Malaysian Kuih Muih or cakes. These are part of our colourful food which is eaten all year long but is especially popular during ramadan. A lot of people will make to sell these traditional cakes at food stalls all over the country.
Selamat ramadan! Ramadan mubarak! May you be blessed with peace and happiness.

Sketch of the day no 199: Islamic influence geometric pattern

Islamic influence geometric pattern
Islamic influence geometric pattern

This is my attempt of recreating a geometric pattern I love so much as seen on a lot of Islamic design. I haven’t followed their precise rules but rules are meant to be broken.

In Islamic design, patterns are made up of mathematically precise grids that are based on circles, squares and triangles.  I do also love the curvier, organic arabesque art.  It is historically interesting to learn how each culture has a different view of how art is represented. In Islam, images were not encouraged. For that reason geometric patterns were developed and perfected.

Sketch of the day no 195: Happy Buddha loves god charm necklace, symbolising religious tolerance and coexistance. Selamat Awal Muharam!

Happy Buddha Love god charm necklace
Happy Buddha Love god charm necklace

This is one of my favourite necklaces. I got it in Bali a few years ago. It actually came in different themes. The Buddhist one, the Christian one and the Love heart one. I got the lady to out them all together for me cos I think it reflects my belief that we are all the same in the eyes of god, whatever name you choose to call him.

I live in a multi cultural society where we have been coexisting peacefully with people of different races, culture, language and religion. This week alone, we celebrated Halloween: the day of the dead, Divali: the festival of lights and today is Awal Muharam: the first day of the Islamic Hijri new year.

Sketch of the day no 174: Antique Izmik plate

Antique Izmik plate
Antique Izmik plate

Since it’s Eid today, and on the theme of Islam, today I decided to sketch an Izmik plate. I really love the floral pattern on this one. I do love islamic designs in particular the floral ones such as this and the geometric patterns.

Malaysiaku – Celebrating 50 Years of Malaysia at Leonardos, Jalan Bangkung, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Screening of setiu fish listener fisherman
Screening of setiu fish listener fisherman

I spent the afternoon with friends, listening to inspirational talks by our country’s brightest and most passionate individuals who are changing Malaysia for the better.

Inspirational speakers
Inspirational speakers

WF-Malaysia  screening of  ‘Fish Listeners of Setiu’ a enlightening documentary showcasing the dying art of the ‘fish listeners’ of the Setiu Lagoons in Terengganu, Malaysia. The documentary features a unique traditional fishing method, fish listeners locate their catch by ‘listening’ for their fish; hunting by sound. Panel discussion for the documentary included Dain Iskandar Said, Director of the ‘Fish Listeners of Setiu’ and WWF-Malaysia’s Executive Director/CEO Dato’ Dr. Dionysius S.K Sharma.

Bobo (the resident toy dog at Leonardos) Talks is modeled after the Ted Talks and is inspired by Margaret Mead’s famous injunction: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  Distinguished Speakers included: Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (Bersih), Eddin Khoo (Pusaka), Dzameer Dzulkifli (Teach for Malaysia), Ee Soon Wei (The Royal Press conservation project), Goh Sze Ying (Better Cities Project), Professor Noraini (Sisters in Islam), and Ng Sek San (Malaysian Spring Project).

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