Sunday, 10th November 2013 is the only hiatus that I have within these two congested weeks; still, it is no shy away from hectic schedules and errands to be settled. The plan was to go to my client’s house to collect materials for the academic paper write-up I am currently engaged upon entitled “Integrity in Islamic Banking in Malaysia” in Shah Alam and then to dash to Putrajaya for the Putrajaya International Islamic Arts & Culture Festival 2013″ (PIIACuf). But when dramas unraveled in between, it was really a chaotic and emotional upheaval situation one has to endear with!
The lock – with futile attempt to unlock it by hand. The “tail” was ripped out by hand – not by me, though. Unfortunately, prove to no avail.
The first episode started when I first locked the car steering with the lock given by the other party as mine was broken. Klutzy as I am; I threw away/misplace the one single lock and only aware about it when I was quizzed about the whereabouts of the key. We got stuck there for almost 2 hours searching every nook and cranny in the car; under the carpet; in the bonnet; but proved to no avail! Where could it be??? I got cranky and volcano began erupting! Fortunately, the other party was a cool person (I really touched by that) and determined to find it. Had lunch (try to appease the stomach; hence the mood) and then searched again – I decided the final ultimatum was to saw down the lock. Just as the other party was away to take the saw; I tried searching in all the bags of “unwanted rubbishes-piling-up”. All of a sudden, I found the key in the sofa; like magic; when actually prior to that, nothing was there!!! My theory was that, I perhaps accidentally threw the key into the “rubbish bag”? Erghh…. but all in all; just relieved. Amin.
The materials given by client for the writing of “Integrity in Islamic Banking in Malaysia”. I am excited with this project. Already commenced the Intent Proposal. Help to re-oil my rusty Islamic banking radar. (,”)
Wasting 2 hours behind scheduled time; we then pushed off to Kayangan Heights in Shah Alam via Waze. Initially, the direction given by my client was for my own journey from Serendah to Shah Alam (it was easier) but since I pushed off from Serdang; it became haywire. Emotional outburst in the car and endless provocations! And finally, we made it! I was served my favourite food, laksa! Thanks! Got bags of materials for the write up “Integrity in Islamic Banking in Malaysia”. Quite excited to sink my rusty financial thoughts in writing; gotta find the roar in it – FEROCIOUS!
From Andalucia to Putrajaya. I’ve watched in TV Al-Hijrah that one of the reasons for this event was to “rub” the ambiance of Andalucia as one of the greatest Islamic civilization ages ago into the modern Putrajaya which undeniably boasts various beautiful buildings and concrete behemoths with Islamic architecture!
In front of explanatory notice board on Islamic remnants and ruins in Andalusia & replica of Islamic relics found in Malaysia and all across the world.
The new Al-Hijrah broadcaster – a mixed parentaged between Spanish and Malay.
Booth exhibits relics from Iran and I was pictured with relics from Morocco! Beautiful artifacts!
And then, dashed back to Putrajaya for Putrajaya International Islamic Arts & Culture Festival 2013″ (PIIACuf). It was held for 10 days beginning from 1st November – 10th November so yesterday was the last one. Actually, I was thinking of going there during Maal Hijrah but was forced to coop myself in the house due to tonnes of workload! Anyway, I am not sure whether it was because of the last day; but it was quite mundane and the complex of the fiesta was rather small. I was told earlier that the atmosphere was rather festive during the night time where there were Islamic musical and forums which ignite the ambiance. It was mundane and mediocre with the complex predominantly comprise of traders; rather than the informative relics that I was expecting and anticipating.
I wonder what does this replica means? Impossible for portrayal of archangel because Islam forbids any portrayal of mythical creatures/beings affiliated with Islam. Hmm… can anyone clear the smoke? I didn’t read the information – if there was any.
On whole, it was a tiring but enjoyable day. Sometimes, when you are travelling with someone and experience hardship; that is when you realize the sincerity and the purity of the heart. Yes, there were fights, provocations and glitches; but underneath all… it’s authentic.