Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Slowly but surely

I have to apologize to anyone to come by. It has been quite a while since the last update.
There are so much to write. At the moment, I can only afford to write a couple of lines on Facebook. If anyone wants to be included in my friend's list on Facebook, please make a request for Leyla Shuri.

The proverb writing project that started five years ago, is still coming. This is a heavy project that seriously takes lots of dedication and allegiance.

November 2016, last year, I've started a novel. This time I'm venturing the novel in English. I've had some confidence in writing an English novel after a long bout with translating my second novel #pagisemerahdaunmomiji or @Pagi Semerah Daun Momiji which was in original Malay into English.
I've shown my faithfulness in the language of my mother tongue, so now it's time to step out of my comfort zone and venture a little further in my writing enterprise.
I've until July 2017 to finish up the present novel-writing. That would leave me another three months to go.

Right now, writing is a struggle for me due to an unfortunate incident that happened to me in February 2017.

Anyway, slowly but surely, that's the way to go.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Terbelah Bintang Subaru: Komen seorang pembaca di Facebook


Tiga hari tanpa cell phone saya habiskan masa senggang membaca novel ini. Mula baca saya tertarik dengan watak Tsuru yang laungkan azan di telinga bayi Sachiro. ehh azan?
Saya terus membaca....tak sukar saya bayangkan penceritaan kerana digarap dengan jelas oleh penulis...seolah saya sedang menonton drama. Petikan kata bahasa Jepun menambah penghayatan saya...kisah ini berlaku di Jepun....bukan zaman Jepun di Tanah Melayu, ya 😁
Tertarik dengan kisah Sachiko dan Hairuki...ada rasa sebak. Paling menarik kisah perkahwinan mereka....cam familiar je kak Leyla Shuri hahaha....seperti yang pernah saya komen ketika mendengar kisah sebenar dulu...memang romantik. Ada unsur kelakar dan sedih buat emosi saya turut dibuai rasa.
Kisah ini banyak membuka mata tentang perkataan cinta. Keberanian mempertahankan cinta. Keikhlasan menerima cinta. Kisah sejarah yg diselitkan membuatkan kita rasa kisah ini benar belaku. Juga buat kita terkenang pelajaran tawarikh semasa di sekolah dulu...Shogun Tokugawa . Penamat kisah ini buat saya rasa sebak dan tersentuh. Puas!
Saya beri 4 bintang. Pasti tak keciwa siapa yang beli.

*Catatan pembaca bernama Kak Yong di Facebook 30 Jan. 2017*

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sakura belt


Since Okinawa is on the southernmost tip of Japan, the passage through the islands is the gate where the warm air of spring passes by. Spring reached Okinawa first before continuing its way to the main island of Japan. Today is 17 January 2017. It's a nice date 17.1.17 and the buds of sakura tree on my front porch are starting to bust its covering.
The image is known as Japan's Sakura Belt that begins in Okinawa and ends up in the north islands of Hokkaido after 26 April 2017. This means spring do not come to Japan all at one time. The stages starting from mid-January (in Okinawa) to end of April (in Hokkaido) to a stretch of 3 and half months.

I wrote a haiku about this sakura belt in Percikan Pelangi, haiku # 43, page 15.

Jalur sakura
menyambung tali kasih
antara musim.

Translation @ Leyla Shuri (me)
Belt of sakura
connecting the string of love
in between season.

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Outlets for my books

These are the links/book shops that sell my books.
1] MPH Book Stores: Malaysia & Spore (reported out of stock in Malaysia shops but do a personal order at the counter to get it.)
2] Google Books Online.
3] E-Book Library (E-Book Univ.).
4] Mary Martin Online Books
5] PriceZa Online Books
6] Localbooks.sg
7] Lazada Online Books
8] Times Online Books
9] Miti Library
10] SOAS (Sch of Oriental & African Study), Univ. of London.

Thank you.


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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Keris Purba di Okinawa


Ini kuil enkakuji di kawasan Istana Shuri. Di belakang kuil ini terletak tanah kuburan. Kuil ini siap dibina pada tahun 1495 (lihat imej pertama) ketika Hang Tuah berumur 64 (lahir thn 1431). Masih belum ada bukti yang keris ini kepunyaan Hang Tuah sebab pembinaan kuil ini siap apabila Hang Tuah sudah amat tua. 

Seperkara lagi, kuil ini tempat kuburan penganut Budis. Sebilah keris berlok 9 bersama artifak-artifak lain dari China, Taiwan dan Korea, dijumpai dalam himpunan tanah terbuka setelah terjadi satu gempa bumi. 

Keris ini dikuburkan bersama si mati dan rekod peribadi si mati seperti nama dan tarikh mati tidak dijumpai. Keris ini belum dapat dibuktikan lagi yang ia kepunyaan Hang Tuah atau berasal dari Tanah Melayu.

Nota: Rumah penulis hanya 10 min dari Istana Shuri.









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