Thursday, August 28, 2014

KAED : Heritage Studies Exhibition 2014 : The cool setup

Entry on what is Heritage Studies (here).
Entry on going to Heritage Studies exhibition with kids (here).

I always love to come to KAED whenever I heard about any exhibition. I got a couple of friends who are working as lecturers there so, I got the news quite fast. These are what I have captured during Heritage Studies Exhibition 2014 last week. By architecture students.

It was one cool exhibition. I like the idea of rustic scaffolding holding together their precious works of art. Juniors, you are the best! Keep it up.
Love the red cube with lighting inside. It creates brilliant shadows. Looks great both from inside and outside.
Love the entryway with white branches and arches. Nice combination of hard rustic scalffolding and organic branches. Contrast in colour and shape. The floating umbrella? I think that was the favourite element in KAED. Seen that a lot in various exhibition in KAED but this is the first time I saw white umbrellas for this purpose. It married nicely with the other elements used by other groups.
The whole presentation was beautifully narrated and organised. I applaud the effort in craving the geometrical pattern, construct those boxes and the use of the colourful Turkish lamp to break the monotonous.

Actually there were a lot of other cool deco elements done by other groups but since I was carrying baby Nazmi with one hand and capturing photos with another, so most of the photos are bit shaky and blur. Photos above were captured when I let baby Nazmi run freely for 5 minutes.

KAED : Heritage Studies Exhibition 2014 : The kids

Entry on Heritage Studies Exhibition 2014 (here). 
Entry on the deco (here).

 Upon arrival at KAED Gallery. They were excited looking at the photos hanging down from the ceiling.
 Nazran entering the Turkey's group exhibition area
 Someone knocked down the deco. Nazran tried to put it back together.
They played traditional musical instruments at the exhibition area. No one was around so they were playing and singing loudly. 
This is the brilliant setup! They sprayed "LOOK UP!" on the carpet (left) and when you look up, there is a series of planes creating a negative dome shape (right)

KAED : Heritage Studies Exhibition 2014 : The background

Entry of going there with the kids (here).
Entry on the deco (here).

Heritage Studies in KAED is a core subject focusing on heritage preservation and documentation. It is to initiate understanding and to appreciate the architectural heritage by documenting it for future generation. This is my FAVOURITE SUBJECT in KAED.

For this subject, a group of architecture students will go to the selected old building, any type of building, be it a house or a mosque, with has long history, significant contribution in Islam in their localities and rich with Islamic architectural elements. The selected building is usually located outside Malaysia.

The first batch went to Egypt. My batch supposed to go to India but we end up in Indonesia because of political issues then. We stayed at Semarang and commute to Kudus everyday for nearly (how many - couldnt recall) weeks. The next batch went to China if I am not mistaken, and I lost track for the following batches. There were some groups did the study in Malaysia due to some unforeseen circumstances but they were equally excited because Malaysia is rich with beautiful and historical Islamic architecture.

The students need to do a thorough study of its history; what has evolved from the day it was built; what are the meaning of each decorative element (believe me, they all have meanings, in fact, different meaning in different era); what kind of construction method they are using in that era; what material used for the foundation (we need to dig in), floor, column, roofing; what is up there on the roof? (we have to climb up); the ceiling is too high, how are we going to measure everything up there? (we have special laser measurement gadget); we need to capture photos and videos - using manual camera, digital, black and white film, slides format; interview people, create a mould from plaster of paris or plastercine for each 3D decorative elements, and trace the 2D ones because we need to reproduce a drawing for each elements and many more.

In the end, we need to produce a very thick comprehensive report (mine was 3 thick volumes), a complete set of measured drawings in AutoCAD which usually stretches beyond 200 sheets, proper documentation of recorded audio and visual material, presentation drawings and the most exciting one is to produce the scale model of the building. Everything will be displayed in an exhibition at the end of the semester.

I know it sounds simple but it is far more complicated than that. Maybe my explanation is insufficient to describe the agony that we have been through for this subject - to put in the whole building in a set of drawing and to fit in 200 years of history in a report. You are welcome to add in, in the comment section.

To cut a long story short....

KAED students have completed their Heritage Studies this year and they have set up the most anticipated exhibition every year. Heritage Studies Exhibition. The moment I heard about the exhibition, I jot it down in my planner and on the second day, I brought my kids there after coming back from the office. Entry on the kids will be posted separately.

This year, they went to separate site. Turkey, Terengganu and Johor.
Clockwise: A very cool poster! Sketches. Axonometric drawing.
 Clockwise: Photo collection. Presentation drawing. Decorative elements mould using Plaster of Paris. A very delicate one to bring home. 
Clockwise: Presentation board. Scale model of Rustem Pashah Madrasah in Turkey. Scale model of Masjid Abidin in Terengganu.

OK. Now I missed KAED. Missed the old days in Semarang and Kudus. Missed being Indonesian celup. We communicated in Indonesian for quite sometimes - until the end of our semester. lol. It was truly hard to get rid of the slang after we spent a lot of times mingling around with the villagers, attending lectures at Universitas Diponegoro and spending a lots of times with architecture students from UnDip, which happened to be our chaffeur in Kudus.


Since we started having our vertical and herbs garden, snails and slugs have been a common visitor to our house. My landscape architect friend said it is a sign that I have developed a balanced ecosystem in my garden. Later, I should expect to have more ants, grasshoppers, butterflies and birds. Wow.

My kids love the snails and slugs but I cant stand looking at the slug. Geli ok. Lembik. Ada dua telinga lembik..euuw.. Recently I found one of them at our living room. These are the kids' artwork (and *cough* mynotetomyhusband *cough*) to mark the day the slug came into our house. lol.
My landscape architect friend's advise:
1.  Burn the soil before I use it since I bought a pre-mix soil with organic fertilizer. It might contains their eggs.
2.   Blend some garlics and a bit of water. Strain the water and spray it to our plants. To keep them off our plants. I think I need to spray my house with that too. lol.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Artwork by Nazreen

Great to know they memorised the names of planets. We will improve on the spelling later, ya.
Drawing by Nazreen, 7yo.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nutella in a bowl

When mama is busy in the kitchen and the elder brothers want to keep baby Nazmi from wandering around the house while they are watching their favourite show, they came out with a solution that works every time.

Put a spoonful of Nutella in a bowl and let baby Nazmi dig in.
Since it works every time and I will be screaming to find Nazmi coated in Nutella EVERY TIME, I have to hide the it somewhere else.

Now they gave Nazmi raisins. Better.

I just ate Nasi Kerabu in the Library

I was invited for a Raya makan-makan at my office's library after a meeting. 

I told the head librarian that this is the happiest event today, so far because I am allowed to eat nasi kerabu and mee bandung and everything, INSIDE THE LIBRARY.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


The best thing is, I WAS the 100,000th hitter :)

Motherhood is relaxing

(putting catchy title on purpose, on a mission to achieve 100,000th hit today. lol)

Last night, the house is clean. Kids are full. We walked together to the stationery store and buy new stationery for the kids because they have exam this week. Just to get them excited to sit for the exam.

We studied together, laugh, sing and play in between.
And we managed to cover the whole syllabus for BM and Math, for Standard 1 and 3.
The most important thing is, have fun while studying with the kids.

Gambar hiasan : Kids on typical weekend after they came back from tuition / reading class.
Clockwise : Baby Nazmi scribbling, Nazreen watching TV, Nazran watching video and eating, Nabil washing everything his brothers left in the sink. lol.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Shoe / Sandal organiser

I knew I have posted it before.
I just want to keep this last photo of our shoe / sandal organiser before my husband take off our house number (66) and put it somewhere else.

Tahlil at my house

We manage to organise a Tahlil for my grandparent at my house yesterday. Glad to see orang-orang masjid who knew my late grandfather came to our house. 
To have my parent and aunt, cousins and siblings together at my house was the best. I knew they were reminiscing their good old days in this old house, quietly :)
The food was great.
The crowd was great.
Cleaning up was a breeze. Next time we will hire a caterer for makan-makan.

New deco project - Floppy disks

I found a large stack of floppy disks containing assignments during my 1st and 2nd year at KAED. It was really a recollection from the past by looking at the titles. It taken up space but I feel hard to let it go. So I gave them to the kids to play with. The kids love to play with the floppy disks since they are colourful but the disks are everywhere now - under the table, in the refrigerator, on my bed. Everywhere.
Last Saturday, I came out with this in 20 minutes. It solves a lot of problems and I got a new wall deco.

Sakit mata

The whole family was infected with sakit mata last week.

Nazreen > Nazmi > ME > baby Naurah > Nazran > my husband > my mom > my sister > my dad.

Unfortunately last week was a very busy week for me but I learnt to make strategic decisions. I have to let some of it go and I did some of my work from home, to be fair to everybody.
If it is not for this WA, I would attend all meetings last week.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Friend's visit

My friend, Azemah posted in our WhatsApp group that she is attending a wedding in Gombak on Saturday and asked who is available for raya visit. I immediately replied and invited her family to my house. I made them Sherperd's Pie.
Thank you Azemah and family for coming over.
Her son, Hafiey was having fun with all the toys and basketball.
Her daughter, Husna loves the sofa so much that she didnt want to go home. lol.

Public Art @ KAED

During Ramadhan, my fellow KAED xcoursemates from Class of 99 has organised an Iftar @ KAED Gallery. Love the public arts on Ramadhan and Gaza. Keep it coming, guys!

Exhausted lagi

@ R&R otw from Kluang to KL. We took him out from the baby seat so he can stretch a bit and relax. He IS relax.

Monday, August 11, 2014


I have different ones for different purposes.

Our Raya : Baju Raya - checked

This post is an update to this post.
Baju Raya - checked!

Actually the kids have two sets of matching baju raya. First one (mustard yellow), they wore in Kluang. I happened to collect a baju batik of the same colour from the tailor and my husband said it matches with the kids' so suddenly it become my baju raya-lah. Unplanned.

For Raya at my parent's, the kids put on different baju melayu.

Kids' & husband's baju raya this year are from BAK. Good quality. Mine is just a last minute baju kurung bought in Kluang. It supposed to be my office attire but since it matches with the kids' so why not?
(Photo credit : Faizal Othman)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Our Raya house : Cushion cover - checked

This post is an update to this post.
I managed to go shopping with my mom after iftar, a few days before Raya.
We bought cushion covers. 
I bought graphic ones. I am very particular when it comes to pattern. And I usually dont buy same pattern for all cushions.

Raya cushion cover - checked.

Only yesterday I managed to buy the giant cushions for my living room. The kids love it!
So, this is how my living room looks like now.