Tuesday, October 24, 2017


21st OCTOBER 2017 ~ The annual hi-tea gathering for SMK Taman Universiti's group was finally done. The venue was none other than our favourite eating place: Mutiara Hotel Johor Bahru. We arrived there at about 12:15 p.m. and left the coffee house at 3:00 p.m.

the fifth-former last angklung hi-tea

One might just see this as an activity which involved eating lavishly in style but there should be some hidden agenda behind all this. One thing for sure, this should on of the memorable school events for them once they leave school.

Monday, October 23, 2017


21st OCTOBER 2017 ~ I was invited to the wedding reception of Ms. Shanti Mugunen (SPM batch 2004 maybe), the daugher of Mr. Mugunen Chendu and Puan Sin Lin Heng. Both parents also happened to be ex-colleagues of SMK Taman Universiti.

The event was held at Renaissance Hotel Johor Bahru and it was a grand occasion. I was seated at a table with people I know, ex-colleagues and ex-students, so everything was alright. I was worried initially of not being able to see any friends. In fact, there were a few people whom I met and said "hi" that evening.

Pn. Chandra and the daughters

the bride's younger sister and brother, Navin and Vishalini

my UPM TESL batch 1993 friend

an ex-student of SMKTUN, Pravin

Another SMKTUN ex-student, Adlan

Thank you for the invitation especially to the parents, I felt honoured to be a part of the celebration.

Wishing the newly married couple a happy and joyous adventure ahead.

Sunday, October 22, 2017




Mr. Huzaifah Ab. Rahim [SPM batch 2009] & Azlinda
VENUE: Kampung Melayu Kangkar Pulai

I managed to arrive at the venue of the reception just in time and I was among the last people to leave. There was just one ex-student who was still there. However, all the bridegroom's other siblings are the ex-students (and one is still the student) of SMK Taman Universiti.

when all the siblings attend the same school

Nor'Asyikin of SPM batch 2004

I just had about half an hour to gossip and get myself photographed with the lovely couple and other people there.


Mr. Farid Nazrin [SPM batch 2010] & Farah
VENUE: Taman Mutiara Rini

This was actually the first reception I went to right after the hi-tea event at Hotel Mutiara. There were a few ex-colleagues of SMK Taman Universiti under the canopy. Unfortunately, the bride and bridegroom had gone for their outdoor photography session.

the bridegroom's parents in purple

The bridegroom's mother is also an ex-teacher of SMK Taman Universiti who has opted for early retirement. I guess I know everyone in the family quite well.

Wishing all the newlyweds a happy and blessed married lives ahead.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


20th OCTOBER 2017 ~ Puan Rohani Shamsuddin was here in town, all the way from Terengganu. She was an ex-colleague, more like a best friend and a sister, who left SMK Taman Universiti in 2005. If I am mathematically correct, we had not seen each other for about 12 years. Together with another ex-colleague, Puan Rosnani Abd. Talib (who is now teaching in SMK Kangkar Pulai) we set a lunch date at AEON Bukit Indah to catch up lost time. Puan Rohani is now a headmaster in a primary school in Kijal.

First it was lunch at Vivo Restaurant, and then we moved to Secret Recipe for dessert and coffee.

We sure had a lot to talk about as 3 hours seemed to be too short. We had to part ways but I am quite sure we will be seeing each other again soon as Puan Rohani's daughter is now working and staying in Johor Bahru. For the next gathering, I will try to get more people to come.

Thank you Puan Rohani and Puan Rosnani for the time and company. Hope to see you all again in the next meeting.

Friday, October 20, 2017


It was a relief to find a restaurant near the hotel. I had to get lunch before I went exploring. I settled for "Ayam Penyet" (squashed chicken?) Rice, an Indonesian popular dish. The rice is similar to the one sold in Malaysia, except there was no soup served. I felt that the "sambal" (ground chili) was as not as hot as it used to be in other parts of the country.

The restaurant was modern and clean. When I googled, there were other branches of Pak Tjomot Restaurant in Makassar. I was the only customer eating when I was there at about 3:00 in the afternoon, too late for lunch I supposed.

The chicken meat was tender and delicious, and the markissa (passion fruit) juice was refreshing. The whole meal cost me about RM12, which would be slightly cheaper than what we have to pay in Malaysia. The fruit juice is always expensive. Overall, I this should be a recommended eating spot when you are in Makassar.